This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Oct. 9, at 1:45 pm, with reports of PAINTED BUNTINGS, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BROWN PELICAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING RAIL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SEDGE WREN, and local reports.
Two PAINTED BUNTINGS were in the state this week, one on Oct. 6 at Sandy Hook on Plum Island, not seen again, and one at Palmyra, on Oct. 8. The Palmyra location is roughly in the triangle formed by Rt. 73, the Delaware R., and Pennsauken Creek. Both were green birds, females or immature males.
Also at Sandy Hook there was a WESTERN KINGBIRD on the dunes north of area K Oct. 5, a KING RAIL was still in the pool on Plum Island Oct. 7, BLUE GROSBEAK was in the garden Oct. 7, SORA was at the boardwalk at Spermaceti Cove Oct. 5, and LESSER GOLDEN-PLOVER was also seen Oct. 5.
BROWN PELICANS were reported this week from Hereford Inlet, and from Long Beach Island. At Brigantine NWR this weekend 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS were in the East Pool off the North Dike; a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the East Dike, and WILSON'S PHALAROPE was reported from the South Dike.
Other birds this week in the Palmyra triangle in addition to the PAINTED BUNTING were CASPIAN TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, MERLIN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and 18 species of warblers, including CONNECTICUT and ORANGE-CROWNED.
CASPIAN TERNS were also on the Delaware R. at Floodgates, SORA rails were at Floodgates and at Woodbury Creek, also on the Delaware.
In the Hackensack Meadows at the Environmental Center in Lyndhurst, HUDSONIAN GODWIT and a SEDGE WREN were in the construction area on Oct. 5. An EVENING GROSBEAK was at the Skylands Manor on Oct. 5, and SISKINS hit Scherman Sanctuary in Bernardsville, also on Oct. 5.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.