Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/6/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 6, 2005 with reports of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, MARBLED GODWIT, SEDGE WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been visiting the feeders at the CMBO Center for Research & Education in Goshen this week -- call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Birds found at Brigantine NWR this week were 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS and MARBLED GODWIT in the east pool and a COMMON MOORHEN near the gull pond tower Sep 30; a VIRGINIA RAIL was near the refuge entrance Oct 1. Five SORAS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN were seen Oct 2. A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was noted Sep 30 and an immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found Oct 2 -- both birds were detected in the roving RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock found east of the dogleg along the north dike.

Waterbirds viewed at Brigantine Island Oct 2 included 80 BLACK- BELLIED PLOVERS, 130 WESTERN WILLETS, 21 MARBLED GODWITS, 8 LONG- BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 400 BLACK SKIMMERS. Take Rt. 30 east into Atlantic City and follow the signs for Brigantine Island. The birds were seen on the mudflats west of Atlantic-Brigantine Drive (Rte 87) shortly after crossing the Absecon Channel Bridge. There are two one- block long side streets on the western side of the road that offer the best viewing. The best times are a few hours before or after high tide. The birds are also sometimes found east of the bridge. To reach that location cross the bridge over Absecon Channel and 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 (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

At Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton Oct 1 several NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS and SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were found, along with a dozen BROWN PELICANS.

Sandy Hook had an excellent passerine flight Sep 30 with 18 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT; 2 DICKCISSELS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. A CLAY- COLORED SPARROW was found briefly at the edge of E-lot Oct 1; also there that day were 2 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS in the salt marsh at plum island. A MOURNING WARBLER was found in the thick vegetation around the salt pond Oct 3. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.


Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick Sep 30 hosted 4 DICKCISSELS, VESPER SPARROW, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. Also in Hunterdon County were BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, and DUNLIN at Spruce Run Reservoir near the Mulhockaway Creek mouth.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at the Merrill Creek Hawkwatch Oct 5.

Sussex County reports were of a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Oct 1 at Whittingham WMA and Hyper Humus Marsh Oct 3-4 had CASPIAN TERN, 40 AMERICAN PIPITS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER around pond # 6. On Oct 5 a SEDGE WREN was detected along the first 100 feet or so of the dike past and to the right of the bridge.

The Allendale Celery Farm Oct 1 had a HOODED WARBLER, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH. A SORA was there Oct 2. A GLOSSY IBIS was noted there Oct 3.

A BARN OWL was seen again at Liberty State Park Oct 4; look for the bird in the light of the street lamps along Freedom Way from the playground parking lot at dusk.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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