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
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
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
Big Brook Park in Marlboro Oct 2 had BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER,
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 8 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 30+
INDIGO BUNTINGS, and BOBOLINK (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).
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.