This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 25, at 1 pm, with reports of BROWN PELICANS, SEDGE WRENS, WILSON'S PHALAROPES, STILT SANDPIPER, GOLDEN PLOVER, KING RAIL, CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, warblers, and local reports of interest.
Over 30 BROWN PELICANS passed the Hawk Watch at Cape May Point State Park on Sept. 23. A SEDGE WREN was at Higbee WMA at the East end of the pond on Sept. 17-22. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Higbee on Sept. 21, as was a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. At Brigantine NWR Sept. 22-23, two WILSON'S PHALAROPES were at the "dogleg" with several hundred YELLOWLEGS, and a few STILT SANDPIPERS and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Also at Brigantine Sept. 23, a LESSER GOLDEN-PLOVER was on the North Dike.
A good flight hit Sandy Hook on Sept. 21, with at least 26 warblers, at least 20 of them at the "garden", including MOURNING, CONNECTICUT, WILSON'S WARBLER & NASHVILLE WARBLER; and also in the same spot CLAY-COLORED & LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Elsewhere on the Hook the same day, Sept. 21, a SEDGE WREN was on the path to North Pond, a KING RAIL was in the pool at Plum Island, a LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the north end in parking area K, and the MARBLED GODWITS appear to be gone.
At the Somerset County Environmental Education Center on Lord Stirling Rd. in Basking Ridge, 5 or 6 TURKEYS were on the Red Trail on Sept. 19.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.