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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/1/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 1, 2005, with reports of KING EIDER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, GREEN VIOLET-EAR, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, HORNED LARK, MOURNING WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, a notice of an upcoming pelagic trip, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The state's first GREEN VIOLET-EAR hummingbird was discovered late August 23 at a feeder in Rumson; it was seen again the next morning from 6:15 to 6:50 a.m., then disappeared never to be seen again.

A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was observed nearby August 24.

The salt pond at the Fisherman's Beach at Sandy Hook continues to be productive with five BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, several WESTERN SANDPIPERS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER as well as a VIRGINIA RAIL Aug. 28. Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were still present Sept. 1. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook include CASPIAN TERNS, BLACK TERNS, and LEAST BITTERN Aug. 26, KING EIDER Aug. 27 and YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER Aug. 26 and Sept. 1.

The Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern featured as many as 17 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, nine BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, seven UPLAND SANDPIPERS and two HORNED LARKS Aug. 27 to 29. The nearby Delea Sod Farm on Rt. 40 featured Aug. 27 six BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, six AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, four BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and 28 WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge was home to the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, seven BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, a GULL-BILLED TERN, and a BLUE GROSBEAK Aug. 29, as well as a YELLOW- HEADED BLACKBIRD August 29-30, and a CASPIAN TERN Aug. 24. A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was also recorded at Sandy Hook near the water treatment building Aug. 26.

A MOURNING WARBLER and LEAST BITTERN Aug. 25, and an AMERICAN BITTERN Aug. 27, were noted at Palmyra. Collier's Mills WMA hosted a BLUE GROSBEAK Aug. 25.

Six STILT SANDPIPERS and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were tallied at Spruce Run Reservoir Aug. 28, with the Baird's increasing to two Aug. 31, as well as Hunterdon County's first-ever WILLET. An AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER was also noted at Spruce Run Aug. 27. The Clinton WMA hosted a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and the Paulinskill WMA an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, Aug. 26

Great Meadows in Hope Aug. 28-29 featured as many as nine AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. The Celery Farm in Allendale was home to its first COMMON MOORHEN in many years Aug. 31. AMERICAN BITTERN and LEAST BITTERN were present along the Hackensack River in Secaucus Aug. 30.

Worth noting were 2100 to 2300 hundred BLACK SKIMMERS present at Hereford Inlet Aug. 29.

An overnight pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon out of Barnegat Light is scheduled for September 10-11. For more information contact Focus on Nature Tours by phone at 800-721-9986, by e-mail at font@focusonnature.com or visit their website at http://www.focusonnature,com.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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