Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/10/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 10, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues this week at Brigantine NWR through Sep 9; most often seen in the east pool. Twenty-eight species of shorebirds were tallied at Brig this week including 1-2 adult AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 3-5 HUDSONIAN GODWITS (mostly found along the east dike), MARBLED GODWIT, 20+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS near the dog-leg Sep 6, 75 LONG- BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPES Sep 4. Other birds at Brig this week included AMERICAN BITTERN, COMMON MOORHEN from the bridge at the end of the wildlife drive Sep 9, 35+ CASPIAN TERNS, 4-6 BLACK TERNS, and 40+ BOBOLINKS with a DICKCISSEL Sep 5.

The Johnson Sod Farm area Sep 7 hosted 3-5 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS along Grier's Lane and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at Garrison Lane. Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were found at DeLea Sod Farm along Rte 40 the same day.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER and CASPIAN TERN at the tidal cut east of the end of the fisherman's trail, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS in the Raccoon alley/ Scout camp area, and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the garden, all Sep 6. A TRICOLORED HERON and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were found at the hook Sep 5. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was found near the end of the fisherman's trail Sep 4 and a TENNESSEE WARBLER was along Raccoon Alley that day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was noted at the sod fields along Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel Sep 6. Another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was discovered in the western end of Monmouth County at sod fields near the intersection of Gordon Rd and Rte 539 in Upper Freehold Twp Sep 7.

Three CASPIAN TERNS were noted at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Sep 9.

Yet another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was found near Dutch Neck, Mercer Co. at the Village Rd East Sod Farm Sep 9.

NJ Meadowlands sightings this week included a SORA and CASPIAN TERN at Mill Creek Point Sep 5.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org or call 732-872-2500. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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