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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/30/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 30, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LECONTES SPARROW, ROSSS GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Two LONG-BILLED CURLEWS were in the state this week - one continuing at Stone Harbor Point, for details call the CMBO Hotline. The second was discovered at the Robert J. Miller Airpark in Ocean County Oct 24-26, not reported since. Reach the site from Rt. 530 between Toms River and Whiting, following signs. Park in the airport parking area and look from the gazebo at the grassy areas around the tarmac (DeLorme P. 58, B1).

A LECONTES SPARROW was found at Sandy Hook Oct 28 in the field south of Gunnison Road and just west of the Gunnison parking lot; not relocated as of tape time. North Pond hosted AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, up to 5 SORA, and COMMON MOORHEN this week. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was noted at the field adjacent to parking area K Oct 27 and two FOX SPARROWS were noted Oct 26. The Hook hosted large numbers of short-distance migrants this week, BALD EAGLE, CASPIAN TERN, and two late PIPING PLOVERS Oct 25. Check the bird sightings book at SHBO for daily reports.

A PARASITIC JAEGER and a first-year BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were found one mile off Shark River Inlet Oct 25. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again in Shark River Estuary off the end of Marconi Rd. Oct 30.

Up to 45 MARBLED GODWITS continued this week at Absecon Inlet/Brigantine Island along with 256 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, 80 WILLET, 400 FORSTER'S TERNS, 22 ROYAL TERNS, and 527 BLACK SKIMMERS. From Rt. 30 in Atlantic City follow the signs for Brigantine Island. After crossing the bridge go a half-mile to the first traffic light. Turn right and go one block to Lagoon Drive. Turn right on Lagoon and follow it until it ends at a sandy road. Park here and walk out to the beach. The birds are also seen sometimes from the dead end streets north and west of the bridge (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

A ROSS'S GOOSE was found at Brigantine NWR Oct 25-26 and a YELLOW RAIL was reported Oct 25.

Plainsboro Preserve had 3 TUNDRA SWANS on McCormack Lake, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and PURPLE FINCHES at the feeders this week.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the boat launch this week.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 25-28 had 3-5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS daily, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, BALD EAGLE and GOLDEN EAGLE, PEREGRINE, and all-time high counts for several raptors at the hawkwatch.

Three GOLDEN EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 7 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and several COMMON RAVENS highlighted the flight at Raccoon Ridge Oct 24.

Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail this week had AMERICAN BITTERN, BRANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 20 AMERICAN PIPIT, 10 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Parking Area B at Sandy Hook is currently closed for construction.

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

 
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