Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/7/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday October 7, 2004 with reports of LONG-TAILED JAEGER, SABINE'S GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A LONG-TAILED JAEGER and SABINE'S GULL were found in Cape May this week-call the CMBO Hotline for details.

A juvenile PAINTED BUNTING discovered at Palmyra Sep 30 was re-found Oct 4. The bird has been seen on the south side of the log pile next to the small pit near the parking lot. Please report any further sightings of this bird.

Sandy Hook birds noted this week include a CONNECTICUT WARBLER along the eastern edge of the scout camp (between the rusty barn and the flagpole) Oct 2-6 and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the same area. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has been frequenting the north pond area this week. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the pump house north of the water plant Oct 6 and another was present along the fisherman's trail Oct 3. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was found in the K-lot field Oct 5. A LARK SPARROW and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were found around the garden Oct 5. NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were found this week at Plum Island and Spermaceti Cove. A first-winter DICKCISSEL was noted north of the garden Oct 4. Four BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were at the salt ponds Oct 2-3. Another BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were there Oct 6. Two migrant CASPIAN TERNS and over 30 ROYAL TERNS were noted this week. An early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported at North Beach Oct 5. A free Sandy Hook Birding Map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Reports from Island Beach State Park this week included 78 BROWN PELICANS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, both seen near the winter anchorage sandbars. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were noted Oct 5, one at the winter anchorage and the other at Spizzle Creek Blind. Other birds noted there this week were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, CASPIAN TERN, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.

Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Barnegat Light State Park Oct 5.

Brigantine NWR continues to host the long-staying AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN through at least Oct 3. The female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen again Oct 1 along with 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS. Also at Brig were AMERICAN BITTERN, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and STILT SANDPIPER.

An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was a surprise at Plainsboro Preserve Oct 5.

Six Mile Run hosted GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and LINCOLN'S SPARROW this week.

Warren Green Acres had 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS and a VESPER SPARROW along the entrance road Oct 3. Take the Warrenville exit off Route 78, and proceed south on King George Road a short distance to the light at Mountain Avenue. Turn left on Mountain Avenue and proceed 1.1 miles to the unmarked entrance on the left.

The immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the heron rookery at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR this week.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted Oct 4 at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester.

Cold Brook Preserve in Hunterdon County had a first-winter DICKCISSEL Oct 3.The Allendale Celery Farm had a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Oct 3.

Liberty State Park had a good variety of short-distance migrants Oct 6 highlighted by GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.


The first New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding, set for Sunday, October 17 at the Meadowlands Environment Center in Lyndhurst, will highlight and celebrate the great variety and abundance of birds found in the region. For more information or to register for the festival, contact the Hackensack Riverkeeper at (201) 968-0808 or visit http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

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