Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/3/2005
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 interest.

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, N-6)

Island Beach State Park hosted 2 BROWN PELICANS and 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS this weekend.

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 and reporting.

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