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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/3/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 3, 2011 with reports of HARRIS'S SPARROW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW was found at Sandy Hook Nov 1-3. The bird has been present mostly in the field to the left (south side) of K-lot around an old concrete pad west of the dirt road or the fence line bordering the Coast Guard base; it has also been seen at the northwest edge of K-lot along the fence with WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS. A LARK SPARROW was found at K-lot Nov 1. Other birds noted at the hook this week included 36 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off E-lot Oct 31, AMERICAN BITTERNS at Plum Island and the salt pond, a late GREEN HERON at the salt pond Oct 30, flyover AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a RED KNOT at F-lot, COMMON RAVEN at Plum Island Nov 3, ten AMERICAN PIPITS, 19 WINTER WRENS, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct 31, VESPER SPARROW Oct 28, NELSON'S SPARROW at Plum Island, DICKCISSEL Nov 3, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, and PURPLE FINCH. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two HUDSONIAN GODWITS continued at the mudflats adjacent to Lefante Way/Bayonne Golf Club through Oct 31. Also there this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER, VESPER SPARROW, and NELSON'S SPARROW. At nearby Liberty State Park 45+ AMERICAN PIPITS, VESPER SPARROW, and 6 FOX SPARROWS were seen Oct 31. A CATTLE EGRET, VESPER SPARROW, NELSON'S SPARROW, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were noted Oct 28.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed at Overpeck Creek Park in a puddle at the horse stables Nov 1.

Reports from the NJ Meadowlands this week included 90+ GREATER YELLOWLEGS and late STILT SANDPIPER at the shorebird pool at DeKorte, 6 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 45 AMERICAN PIPITS at the ball fields along Valley Brook Drive, and a late NASHVILLE WARBLER Oct 29-30.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR reports this week were of an AMERICAN AVOCET and 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Oct 28, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR near the dog-leg Oct 29, a COMMON GALLINULE near the gull pond tower and a SNOW BUNTING along the dikes Oct 30.

Spruce Run Reservoir had GREAT EGRET, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 10 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 40 AMERICAN PIPITS Oct 29.

Three FOX SPARROWS and a DICKCISSEL were seen at Great Swamp NWR Oct 28 between the bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd and the overlook. A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted there Nov 2.

Raccoon Ridge highlights this week included 10 BALD EAGLES, 11 GOLDEN EAGLES, 15 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and 7 SNOW BUNTINGS Oct 30; a PINE SISKIN was a fly-by Oct 31.

A LONG-TAILED DUCK and BLACK SCOTER were on Culver's Lake Oct 28.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was found at Whitesbog Oct 30.

Wheelabrator Refuge in Gloucester County Nov 2 had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, and 2 FOX SPARROWS.

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 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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