This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
November 3, 2005 with reports of RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD,
HENSLOW'S SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EVENING
GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of
The immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Verga, Gloucester County
continues through at least Nov 1. The homeowner is willing to have
birders visitplease be considerate and discreet when parking and
viewing the bird. From Rte 295 south take exit 23. At the top of the
ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in
about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is
the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076
Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is
hanging from the roof of the porch. Also check the flowers in the
yard for the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F-5).
A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was discovered at the Allendale Celery Farm Oct
30no reports since. Also present this week were AMERICAN PIPIT,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, a late SCARLET TANAGER Oct 29, 2 FOX
SPARROWS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was detected at Sandy Hook Oct 30 in the brushy
field north of the Officer's Club and south of k-lot. A SEDGE WREN
and a VESPER SPARROW were noted in this area Oct 27-31. One to two
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS have been present near K-lot this week as well.
Also found at the hook this week were 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERs at
the salt pond Nov 1, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL in the Virginia Pine grove
near Battery Potter Oct 27, WESTERN KINGBIRD at the end of the
fisherman's trail Nov 1, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 2 GRASSHOPPER
SPARROWS near k-lot, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK at
Gunnison lot, 4 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and 5 PINE SISKINS. A free,
detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the
sightings log there for daily reports.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found near Layton Nov 2. Look for the bird on
the right hand side of the road about 1.8 miles south of the Country
Store and 0.2 mile past the old intersection of Walpack Rd (rte 615)
and rte 640. There is a small gravel pullout near where the bird was
seen. Other sightings in Sussex County were of a GOLDEN EAGLE over
Culver's Gap Oct 31, 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS over Sunrise Mountain
Oct 28, and an EVENING GROSBEAK at a feeder in Wantage Twp Oct 27. Up
to 75 AMERICAN PIPITS were present in the fields near Twin Lake on
Goodale Rd in Kittatinny Valley State Park Oct 30-31.
Hawkwatch reports from Raccoon Ridge included 8 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and
21 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS Oct 29; 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, a dark-morph
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 7 GOLDEN EAGLES, and 2 COMMON RAVENS Oct 30.
Birds found at the Hackensack Meadowlands included BALD EAGLE and
SHORT-EARED OWL at Sawmill Creek and a HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Mill Creek
Marsh Oct 30.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered at the Stahl Natural Area Bedminster
Oct 30. Exit Rte 287 at 22B, head north on Rte 202 and take the first
jug handle on the right to River Road. Follow River Rd about 1/3 of a
mile to the parking area on the right. From the parking lot follow
the path that leads uphill to an old silo. Turn right here and walk
about 200 feet to a hedgerow. Look for the bird here (DeLorme P. 30,
Island Beach State Park hosted 2 BROWN PELICANS and 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS
Brigantine NWR Oct 28 hosted the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, HUDSONIAN
GODWIT, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Several VIRGINIA RAILS were heard at
the end of the north dike Oct 30.
At nearby Brigantine Island an exceptional count of 55 MARBLED
GODWITS was tallied Nov 2. Take Rt. 30 east into Atlantic City and
follow the signs for Brigantine Island. The birds were seen on the
mudflats west of Atlantic-Brigantine Drive (Rte 87) shortly after
crossing the Absecon Channel Bridge. There are two one-block long
side streets on the western side of the road that offer the best
viewing. The best times are a few hours before or after high tide.
The birds are also sometimes found east of the bridge. To reach that
location cross the bridge over Absecon Channel and go a half-mile to
the first traffic light. Turn right and go one block to Lagoon Drive.
Turn right on Lagoon and follow it until it ends at a sandy road.
Park here and walk out to the beach (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are
requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written
descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling