This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 11, at 12:30 pm, with reports of MARBLED GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, BROWN PELICAN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, and seasonal and local reports.
The 2 MARBLED GODWITS continued at Sandy Hook Sept. 7 to 11, mostly at the spit in Spermaceti Cove opposite the Visitor's Center, but also once at the pond with the platform north of parking area E. Also at Sandy Hook this week were a LARK SPARROW at Brookdale Barn on Sept. 6; 9 BROWN PELICANS several dates; WILSON'S WARBLER and CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the fence near North Pond on Sept. 10 and 11.
The first BROADWING flight at Sunrise Mountain occured Sept. 7; and so did a CONNECTICUT WARBLER in the parking lot 3 times the same day. At Spruce Run at the Mulhockaway Creek mouth Sept. 7-9 there were 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, a GOLDEN PLOVER, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, among 12 species of shorebirds there. And a GOLDEN PLOVER was also at the boat launch cove on Sept. 9.
The best count of GOLDEN PLOVERS was 37 on Sept. 8 at the Allentown Sod Farm on Rt. 526 just east of town and Rt. 539. High count for BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was 7, also at the Allentown farm on Sept. 7. At Columbus, now called the Clarksville Sod Farm, on Rt. 206 Sept. 9 there were 25 GOLDEN PLOVER and one BUFF-BREAST; nearby on Smithville Rd. there was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sept. 8. On Gordon Rd., New Sharon, off Rt. 539 near Assunpink, all four grassland shorebirds were present one evening last week: GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED, BAIRDS, and UPLAND SANDPIPERS.
Moving now to the Delaware Valley: on Sept. 7 CONNECTICUT WARBLER was among 12 species at Palmyra. On Vestry Road near Harrisonville in Gloucester County 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were present Sept. 8. Another was at MANNINGTON MARSH on Gordon Rd. the same day. Also Sept. 8 at the Pedricktown spoil banks on the "grebe pond" were STILT SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER.
CASPIAN TERNS are numerous this fall, with over 40 at Brigantine NWR, like numbers on Champagne Island in Hereford Inlet, 6 at Floodgates on the Delaware River Sept. 6, and 2 at Westville on the Delaware also Sept. 6.
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