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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/4/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 4, 2007 with reports of CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD appeared at a feeder in Eldora, Cape May County Oct 2-3: call the CMBO Hotline for details.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Brigantine NWR, seen most recently on Oct 4: look for the bird around the gull pond tower or in the southern portion of the northwest pool; best times continue to be early or late in the day. Also found at Brig that day were AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 9 PEREGRINE FALCONS, and 16 CASPIAN TERNS. Two AMERICAN AVOCETS were found in the southwest pool Sep 29.

At the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton, 57 BROWN PELICANS were tallied Sep 30.

Palmyra Cove had numbers of migrants Sep 29-30 including SORA, 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 10(!) CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, 6 LINCOLNS' SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 7 PURPLE FINCHES.

In Salem County 7 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were tallied at the Pedricktown dredge spoils Sep 27.

Sandy Hook had an excellent flight Sep 29 including AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS at the garden, 3 AMERICAN PIPITS, 22 species of warblers including BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and HOODED WARBLER, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Plum Island, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 2 flyover DICKCISSELS. An AMERICAN BITTERN was detected at Spermaceti Cove Oct 4. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Warren Green Acres (also known as Glenhurst Meadows) hosted TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, 2 SUMMER TANAGERS, and 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Sep 29.

Birds found at Garret Mountain Sep 29 included COMMON RAVEN, YELLOW- THROATED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 15 species of warbler, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

At Overpeck County Park in Leonia GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, Philadelphia Vireo, 15 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER and BAY- BREASTED WARBLER, 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and a BLUE GROSBEAK Sep 29-30. An interior race NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was detected Oct 4. Most of these sightings came from the northern area of the park near the horse stables.

Great Piece Meadows Sep 29-30 had 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Celery Farm reports this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK Oct 1. PURPLE FINCHES have been daily there this week, with a high count of 15 on Oct 2.

The Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp hosted 8+ AMERICAN KESTRELS, a probable MOURNING WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Sep 28-29. For more information on birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation Franklin.html

An impressive total of 4 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at Spruce Run Reservoir Sep 29. Also in Hunterdon County at Cold Brook Preserve Oct 2 were 16+ AMERICAN PIPITS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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