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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 7, 2010 with reports of CACKLING GOOSE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, SHORT-EARED OWL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Sandy Hook had an excellent flight Oct 2 that included 8 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the end of the fisherman's trail; a late BANK SWALLOW, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, several GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 22 species of warblers including a late BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and WILSON'S WARBLER; 11 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, flyover DICKCISSEL, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found along raccoon alley Oct 3 & 6 and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was along the path to the locust grove Oct 3. A subadult male COMMON EIDER was found in the ocean off C-lot Oct 3. GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH and DICKCISSEL were noted at the hook Oct 7.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings included 3 BLACK SCOTERS Oct 5, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and STILT SANDPIPER at the Mulhockaway Creek mouth Sep 30. Two BONAPARTE'S GULLS, CASPIAN TERN, FORSTER'S TERN, and 2 COMMON TERNS were noted at Spruce Run this week. A belated report was received of 3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at the Mulhockaway Creek mouth Sep 26. Also in Hunterdon County at Cold Brook Preserve Oct 6 were VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
Merrill Creek Reservoir/Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch had a GOLDEN EAGLE and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Oct 2. Forty-three BRANT were tallied there Oct 3. Oct 6 brought a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, a juvenile LAUGHING GULL, 6 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 53 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW to the reservoir.
Birds noted at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville Oct 2 included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 2 MERLINS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 25 MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 15 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.
Glenhurst Meadows hosted RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and VESPER SPARROW Oct 6.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was found at the pond behind the interpretive center at Liberty State Park Oct 5-7.
Overpeck Park in Bergen County had 2 MONK PARAKEETS, 13 species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER and WILSON'S WARBLER, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 2. A WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and HORNED LARK were there Oct 7-8.
The Allendale Celery Farm hosted PHILADELPHIA VIREO, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and PURPLE FINCH Oct 2.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER highlighted migrants at the State Line Lookout Hawk Watch Oct 2.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen over Mills Reservation from the Montclair Hawk Watch Oct 2.
Kittatinny Valley State Park in Sussex County had a CACKLING GOOSE on White's Pond and along the railroad trail 4 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 10 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, and 150+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted; all Oct 6.
Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS were noted at Brigantine NWR Oct 2.
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