This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 7, 2013 with reports of LE CONTE'S SPARROW, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, GOLDEN EAGLE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, seasonal/local reports of interest, and announcements.
NJ Audubon's next YOUNG BIRDERS CLUB Field Trip will be held at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Saturday December 7, 2013. The trip is free for young birders and their parents/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For information/registration contact Sam Wilson --e-mail Sam.Wilson (at) njaudubon.org
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A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was detected at Sandy Hook Nov 2; no reports since. Other birds noted at the hook that day included a late PIPING PLOVER at the false hook, 3 NELSON'S SPARROWS and 3 SALTMARSH SPARROWS at Plum Island. Single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found near K-lot Nov 3 and near Gunnison Beach Nov 4. A PRAIRIE WARBLER was seen at the tennis court woods Nov 4 and a NASHVILLE WARBLER was at Lot E that day. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Lot J Nov 3. A LARK SPARROW was at Lot E Nov 4. Five LAPLAND LONGSPURS were noted in the dunes near the end of fisherman's trail Nov 4. Two PURPLE FINCHES were found Nov 4.
Forty AMERICAN PIPITS at the sod fields along Herbert Rd near Assunpink WMA Nov 4 increased to 100+ Nov 5.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues this week through Nov 2 at the Morgan Ave Mudflats. Also there that day were SALTMARSH SPARROW and NELSON'S SPARROW. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
The Ernest Oros Wildlife Preserve (aka Woodbridge Riverwatch) continues to host 3+ RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and several RUSTY BLACKBIRDS this week.
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was photographed at Warinanco Park in Union County Nov 1. A RUFOUS/ALLEN'S-type Hummingbird has been visiting a feeder in Fanwood at 113 Glenwood Dr. Birders are welcome, but you MUST call Margaret at 908.899.8512 first to schedule a time to visit.
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was discovered at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus (NJ Meadowlands) Nov 5-7.
Four GOLDEN EAGLES were observed over Oradell Reservoir Nov 3.
Sunrise Mountain had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 3.
Warren County reports this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, and SNOW BUNTING at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov 4. Four RED-THROATED LOONS were there Nov 3. Birds recorded at the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch were 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 2, 7 GOLDEN EAGLES, 301 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 4 PURPLE FINCHES Nov 3, and 3 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 4. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
Five SNOW BUNTINGS were found at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch Nov 4.
Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 2, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 3.
Troy Meadows hosted 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, VESPER SPARROW, and 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Nov 2.
Loantaka Brook Reservation's Kitchell Pond hosted PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and SORAS through Nov 4.
Chimney Rock Hawk Watch had an excellent week: 7 GOLDEN EAGLES and NORTHERN GOSHAWK were there Nov 2, 6 GOLDEN EAGLES, 143 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were noted Nov 3, and another NORTHERN GOSHAWK was tallied Nov 4.
Glenhurst Meadows had 9 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, 2 FOX SPARROWS, and 14 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Nov 2.
Duke Farms had 3 VESPER SPARROWS Nov 5.
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at the National Park Dredge Spoils in Gloucester County Nov 4-5.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted BROWN PELICAN, COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN DUCKS Nov 4. A SORA and VESPER SPARROW were found at Great Bay Blvd Nov 2.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon dot org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc dot net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.