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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/11/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 11, 2003 with reports of WOOD STORK, SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcement.

A belated report was received of four WOOD STORKS at a pond on the Glen Ridge Golf Course; three birds disappeared and one ill bird was taken to the Raptor Trust where it died.

The juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was last seen at the Johnson Sod Farm Sep 5. Also there this week were up to 65 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, 2-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and a WHIMBREL.

A juvenile male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was present at Sandy Hook Sep 6-9 north of the salt pond at the end of the fisherman's trail. Among the 19 species of shorebirds there Sep 5-10 were 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 PIPING PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 2-5 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, AND 21 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at the far end of the salt pond Sep 6-7. A singing ALDER FLYCATCHER was at North Pond Sep 6. Single PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were around Raccoon Alley Sep 6, 7, & 11. Twenty species of warblers at the hook this week included Cape May Sep 6 and Mourning Sep 7. A LARK SPARROW was north of the lighthouse Sep 7.

Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 2-4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found in Holmdel Sep 5-7, viewed in the sod field west of Longbridge Road and Rt. 520 (DeLorme P. 44, E-9).

Two DICKCISSELS were found at the Sunnyside Recreation fields off Middletown-Lincroft Road in Middletown Sep 7 (DeLorme P. 44, D-11).

Island Beach State Park Sep 5 hosted AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK TERN, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER.

Brigantine NWR had a CATTLE EGRET, 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 4 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and 12 CASPIAN TERNS in the west pool Sep 8.

A MOURNING WARBLER and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were noted at Blackwell's Mills along the D&R Canal Sep 6. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Davidson's Mills Pond Sep 7.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 14 species of WARBLERS including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, AND TENNESSEE WARBLER Sep 5.

Hunterdon County reports included a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at Leon's Sod Farm in Pittstown Sep 6. To reach the sod farm exit Rt. 78 at the Clinton/Pittstown exit and take Rt. 513 south. Rt. 513 eventually becomes Rt. 615 and passes through Pittstown. Continue up a rise and pass Baker Road until you see the sod fields. You can park near a shed that say's Leon's (DeLorme P. 35, F&G 16). Tower Hill off Mountain View Road in Bethlehem Township had a good passerine flight Sep 5-6 including numbers of YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and NASHVILLE WARBLER.

Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch had a moderate flight Sep 5-6 with 7 BALD EAGLES each day.

Two WHIMBRELS highlighted birds at the Liberty Marsh in Wallkill River NWR Sep 9.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ, and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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