Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/3/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon Society for Thursday October 3, 2002 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, HUDSONIAN & MARBLED GODWITS, LARK SPARROWS and VESPER SPARROWS, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A LONG-BILLED CURLEW was a fly-by at the Avalon Seawatch Sept. 30- no reports since. Call the Cape May Hotline for details.

A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK discovered at a Sea Isle City feeder Sept. 29 did not reappear. Call the Cape May Hotline for details.

Wreck Pond in Spring Lake had a HUDSONIAN GODWIT Oct. 1 and the previously reported MARBLED GODWIT was present through Sept. 29.

Sandy Hook had a good flight Sept. 29 with sixteen species of warbler including CAPE MAY, TENNESSEE, and BAY-BREASTED. Other migrants included four WINTER WRENS, two AMERICAN PIPITS, five LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, two BLUE GROSBEAKS, and a STILT SANDPIPER at the salt ponds. A bird initially identified as a LARK BUNTING at the K-Lot field is now believed to be a WHITE-WINGED WIDOWBIRD, an East African species.

Island Beach State Park continued to host three MARBLED GODWITS at the winter anchorage sandbars through Sept. 28; a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was noted there Sept. 26. The previously reported LARK SPARROW by the office continued there through Sept. 26. Other migrants at Island Beach over the weekend included an AMERICAN BITTERN, BROWN PELICANS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, WILSON'S WARBLERS and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

Two VESPER SPARROWS were found at the Plainsboro Preserve along the entrance road just past the main gate Sept 29.

A late HOODED WARBLER highlighted migrants at Sherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Oct. 3

One to two COMMON RAVENS are again roosting in the large White Pine trees in front of Weis Ecology Center last week.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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