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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/2/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 2, 2006 with reports of FRIGATEBIRD species, SWAINSONS HAWK, CAVE SWALLOW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A FRIGATEBIRD species was a fly-by at the Cape May convention center Oct 28 -- no reports since. Also in Cape May this week were SWAINSONS HAWK, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, and CAVE SWALLOW -- call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

Brigantine NWR sightings Oct 27 & 29 included 9 TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 5 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, and 3 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Sixty TUNDRA SWANS, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN PIPIT, and 8 SNOW BUNTINGS were noted Nov 2.

Four BROWN PELICANS and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were noted at Island Beach State Park Oct 27. At Barnegat Inlet 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 3 BROWN PELICANS, 11 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS were found Oct 31.

Sandy Hook reports this week were of a good passerine flight Oct 27 including 26 WINTER WRENS, 2 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 120 HERMIT THRUSHES, IPSWICH SPARROW, and 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A first-year BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was found in Spermaceti Cove Oct 28. Birds found Nov 1 included two REDHEADS on North Pond, AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER, 4 NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Spermaceti Cove; AMERICAN BITTERN, an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Gunnison Lot, and flyover AMERICAN PIPITS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and PINE SISKIN at North Beach. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

At the Columbus Sod Farm in Burlington County CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and GRASSHOPPER SPARROW were observed Oct 31. A DICKCISSEL was noted at Palmyra Oct 30.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed over Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus Oct 29.

Cold Brook Preserve in Tewksbury hosted 4 VESPER SPARROWS Nov 2. An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was observed over Spruce Run Reservoir Oct 30.

Raptors found at Raccoon Ridge this week included 6 GOLDEN EAGLES Oct 29

Culvers Lake in Sussex County had a BLACK SCOTER and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Oct 28.

Allendale Celery Farm notables this week included LESSER SCAUP, BLUE- HEADED VIREO, 6 AMERICAN PIPITS, multiple RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS. Also in Bergen County was the continuing adult RED- HEADED WOODPECKER in Ridgewood. The bird is at the duck pond on the north side of East Ridgewood Ave between Paramus Rd and Pershing Ave. Park in the lot between Areas B & C; the bird is active in the area between the restrooms and the pavilion.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Teaneck Creek Conservancy Oct 31. This relatively new park is very close to the former Overpeck dump area http://www.teaneckcreek.org

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at the Walker Ave Wetlands in Wayne Nov 2.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches and/or written details) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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