Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/30/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 30, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, FRIGATEBIRD, PARASITIC JAEGER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores. A Barnacle Goose was discovered at JFK Lake in Burlington City Oct 25 and still present the next day. JFK Lake is on the southbound side of Rte 130 just before the turn off for the Burlington-Bristol Bridge.

A FRIGATEBIRD was a fly-by at the Montclair Hawkwatch Oct 27.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a dark-morph PARASITIC JAEGER in Sandy Hook Bay, 74 ROYAL TERNS at Spermaceti Cove, 3 flyover DICKCISSELS, 30+ PINE SISKINS, and the 2 continuing COMMON MOORHENS at North Pond all Oct 27. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Other Monmouth County sightings include 9 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Conaskonk Point Oct 24 and a DICKCISSEL at Dorbrook Park Oct 27.

Brigantine NWR hosted 16 species of shorebirds Oct 24 & 26 including 5 MARBLED GODWITS, a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER, 6 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a very late BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at the dog-leg, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 40+ LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Six SNOW BUNTINGS were on the dikes Oct 24.

Two VESPER SPARROWS were noted at the National Park dredge spoils in Gloucester Co. Oct 26.

Warren Green Acres (aka Glenhurst Meadows) reports this week included a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct 29 and a VESPER SPARROW there Oct 29-30, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were detected Oct 26.

A COMMON RAVEN was noted in Sterling, Morris County this week.

Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus Oct 29 hosted 70 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT- HERONS, 8 COMMON LOONS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, and a late BLACKPOLL WARBLER.

Raccoon Ridge reports this week were of single GOLDEN EAGLES Oct 21 & 27; 75 PINE SISKINS and 15 PURPLE FINCHES Oct 27.


A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 7 from 6 am to 6 pm in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail 'sightings at njaudubon.org' *Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or 'report at njbrc.net' Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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