Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/9/2009
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Friday October 9, 2009 with reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, WESTERN TANAGER, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A WESTERN TANAGER was discovered at Liberty State Park Oct 5-6 near the interpretive center-- no further reports. Other birds noted in the park this week included 5 AMERICAN PIPITS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and a variety of sparrows including a LARK SPARROW Oct 5 at the meadow behind the interpretive center, and 6 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was a "five-minute wonder" at Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch on Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 5. Other notables there this week were 2 RED-THROATED LOONS Oct 3, NORTHERN GOSHAWK Oct 1, and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Oct 4.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues through Oct 5 at Brigantine NWR; look for the bird in the east pool. Other brig sightings this week included 20+ RED KNOTS, 20 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and 12 CASPIAN TERNS Oct 2; 4 STILT SANDPIPERS and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD Oct 3, and MARBLED GODWIT and WILSON'S PHALAROPE Oct 4.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a WESTERN KINGBIRD along the bike path south of the scout camp Oct 4; a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER over K-lot Oct 2, a LARK SPARROW near SHBO Oct 5 and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the scout camp Oct 6. A good passerine flight Oct 5-6 at the hook included GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 16 species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER near the rusty barn, 4 NELSON'S SPARROWS at Plum Island, and a flyover PURPLE FINCH. Other sightings at the hook this week were SORA at Plum Island Oct 3, 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS off B-lot Oct 8, and a flyover DICKCISSEL at K-lot Oct 8. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Eighteen BROWN PELICANS were noted off Spring Lake Oct 4.

Birds recorded at the Island Beach State Park banding station this week included ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and CLAY- COLORED SPARROW; up to 18 BROWN PELICANS were noted around Barnegat Inlet this week.

"Several" RUFFED GROUSE were heard drumming along the Wading River near Evans Bridge Oct 6.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was detected near the Headquarters of Six Mile Run Park Sep 30.

Glenhurst Meadows in Warren hosted an excellent count of 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 3 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and 11 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 6.

Hunterdon County reports this week were of a GREAT CORMORANT at Round Valley Reservoir and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS at Cold Brook Preserve, both Oct 6.

A LARK SPARROW graced Great Piece Meadows in Fairfield Twp Oct 3-4; the bird was approximately 200 yards off the gate at the Hollywood Ave entrance.

A VESPER SPARROW was noted at Rifle Camp Park Oct 5.

Celery Farm sightings this week were highlighted by TENNESSEE WARBLER, 4 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

Sussex County reports were of a GOLDEN EAGLE at the Sunrise Mountain Hawkwatch Oct 7 and sightings at Kittatinny Valley State Park included an early REDHEAD, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, all Oct 8.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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