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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/5/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 5, 2006 with reports of TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, SEDGE WREN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and seasonal/local reports of interest.

A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was discovered at Brigantine NWR around noon Oct 5. The bird was seen at the beginning of Jen's Trail, accessed from the north dike at the start of the upland/wetland interface. Also at Brig Oct 3 were HUDSONIAN GODWIT and MARBLED GODWIT. A COMMON MOORHEN was by the gull pond tower Oct 4.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included AMERICAN BITTERNS at Horseshoe Cove Sep 30 and Spermaceti Cove Oct 1, 2-3 AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVERS at north beach Sep 30-Oct 1, a juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and 35+ ROYAL TERNS at Spermaceti Cove Oct 1, and 12 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at the salt pond Oct 1. Passerine migration was good all week, including a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at the locust grove, GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSH, and 23 species of warbler recorded including TENNESSEE WARBLER, AN ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at K-lot, CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, and 2 HOODED WARBLERS. Up to 2 CLAY- COLORED SPARROWS were present in and around the k-lot field Sep 30- Oct 3. Another CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was in the field south of Gunnison Rd Oct 1. A VESPER SPARROW was found at the east end of k- lot Oct 2 and single LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were found this week as well. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Palmyra Cove Nature Park had an excellent flight Sep 30 including a flyover AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 25+ SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 6+ GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 5 WOOD THRUSHES, 18 species of warbler including many TENNESSEE WARBLERS, NASHVILLE WARBLERS, BLACK- THROATED BLUE WARBLERS, and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Also there were at least 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and several CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS.

The Warren Township Green Acres site, or "Glenhurst Meadows" as the town has named it, hosted CONNECTICUT WARBLER and 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 2. The site is located adjacent to the Wagner Arboretum on Mountain Ave, Warren Twp (DeLorme P 31, N-16). Waterproof footwear is recommended.

Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury hosted large numbers of sparrows Oct 2 including 50+ SAVANNAH SPARROW, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 4 WHITE- CROWNED SPARROWS.

An adult CASPIAN TERN was viewed at Merrill Creek Reservoir Sep 30.

Jersey City reports this week included WILSON'S WARBLER, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, 70 SAVANNAH SPARROWS, 4 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at Liberty State Park Sep 30. Several AMERICAN PIPITS were flyovers and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was studied east of the playground along the riverfront walkway at Liberty State Park Oct 3. Single NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were there Oct 4-5. At Lincoln Park West YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER were noted among many migrants there Sep 30.

A SEDGE WREN was discovered at the Allendale Celery Farm in Bergen County Oct 3-4 between the butterfly garden and the pipe at "no-name culvert." Also there this week were TENNESSEE WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

In Salem County at Mannington Marsh 22 LITTLE BLUE HERONS and COMMON MOORHEN were noted Oct 2. Over 30 CATTLE EGRETS were found north of the marsh along Rte 45 that day.

5 BROWN PELICANS were noted off the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Sep 29.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey sponsored by NJAS; to report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks to all for submitting reports and good birding.

 
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