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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday October 6, 2011 with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included single AMERICAN BITTERNS at the salt pond and near Gunnison Rd Oct 6, 1-2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the tidal cut/false hook area, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER in the puddle at K-lot Oct 2, 15+ YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS Oct 6, a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO along Raccoon Alley Sep 30, a late BANK SWALLOW and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS Oct 3, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH Oct 1, single PHILADELPHIA VIREOS Sep 30 and Oct 3, TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT among 19 species of warblers Oct 1-3; 2-3 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS around the K-lot/fisherman's trail/north beach area through Oct 3, 2 VESPER SPARROWS at K-lot Oct 6, 3-4 DICKCISSELS in the same area Oct 2-3, 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS around k-lot Oct 3, RUSTY BLACKBIRD Oct 6, an immature YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in the field adjacent to the north maintenance yard/k-lot area Oct 3-5, and 2 PINE SISKINS Oct 6.. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Twelve AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were at the Herbert Rd sod fields Oct 1. At nearby Assunpink WMA a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at the swamp by the small bridge on Imlaystown Rd north of the old bait & tackle shop Oct 2.
Palmyra Cove had an excellent passerine flight Oct 2 with 18+ species of warblers including ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER. Also there were 10 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A HOODED WARBLER was noted there Oct 3.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Wheelabrator in Gloucester County Oct 2. Also in Gloucester County at Riverwinds Nature Trail Oct 6 were TENNESSEE WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and VESPER SPARROW.
The immature WHITE IBIS and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD continued at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR through Oct 4. Also noted there this week was AMERICAN BITTERN.
A SANDHILL CRANE was photographed at Oberly Rd in the Alpha Grasslands Sep 30.
Glenhurst Meadows birds included TENNESSEE WARBLER and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER Oct 1 and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 3.
Lincoln Ave Park in Manville hosted 18 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Oct 1; a BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER and STILT SANDPIPER were seen there Oct 3.
An AMERICAN AVOCET continues at Harrier Meadow in the NJ Meadowlands this week.
Liberty State Park birds noted Sep 30 included 6 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WINTER WREN, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, and BOBOLINK.
Garret Mountain had 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 3 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, TENNESSEE WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Sep 30.
Five COMMON GALLINULES were detected in Lewisburg Swamp in Wantage Twp Oct 2.
Raccoon Ridge has its first GOLDEN EAGLE of the season Oct 5 along with 40 AMERICAN KESTRELS and 10 MERLINS.
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