This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
September 11, 2008 with reports of WHITE IBIS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-
BREASTED SANDPIPER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements.
Storm birds in the wake of Tropical Storm Hannah at Cape May were
FRIGATEBIRD sp, SOOTY TERN, and BRIDLED TERN. See the CMBO Birding
Hotline for more information.
The immature WHITE IBIS continues at the New Jersey Meadowlands, most
recently viewed from the Saw Mill Trail from the left end of the "T"
near the power lines Sep 7. A STILT SANDPIPER was at DeKorte Sep 7. At
Harrier Meadow Sep 10 there were 2 MOURNING WARBLERS and a CONNECTICUT
WARBLER and at the Clay Ave overlook WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and 2
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were observed Sep 5. Three CASPIAN TERNS were also
observed in the meadowlands this week.
Celery Farm reports this week included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, TENNESSEE
WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 12 BOBOLINKS Sep 10. Birds noted there
Sep 5 included 3 SORAS, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, and BAY-
A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was a nice find at Echo Lake Park in Union County
Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at
the north end of the fisherman's trail Sep 5-8 and another at
Spermaceti Cove Sep 7, 10 PIPING PLOVERS at north beach Sep 7, BAIRD'S
SANDPIPER at the end of the Fisherman's trail Sep 7-8, and a BUFF-
BREASTED SANDPIPER there Sep 11. Three RED-NECKED PHALAROPES and 4+
BLACK TERNS were at Plum Island during tropical storm Hanna Sep 6. A
good passerine flight Sep 8 included 20+ VEERIES, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH,
16 species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER,
and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Another good landbird flight Sep 11 produced
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, TENNESSEE WARBLER,
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER: all
found in the Raccoon Alley/Road to Nowhere area. 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 Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Sep 9.
Brigantine NWR sightings this week included 24 species of shorebirds
Sep 7 including 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 100 RED KNOTS, many WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 40+
STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 2 WILSON'S PHALAROPES,
and RED-NECKED PHALAROPE. Four hundred RED KNOTS were tallied there
Sep 6. Other birds reported at Brig this week were CATTLE EGRET, 4
CASPIAN TERNS, 2 BLACK TERNS, and PROTHONOTARY WARBLER.
Sod Farm sandpipers this week from Salem County were of AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS at
the DeLea Sod Farm along Rte 40 Sep 4. At Johnson Sod Farm 6 AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS, UPLAND SANDPIPER, and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were
found the same day. Along Grier's Lane 29 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and
14 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found Sep 7. At the "East Coast Sod
Farm" (formerly DeLea Sod farm) 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 13 PECTORAL
SANDPIPERS, and 12 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were noted Sep 7. Also in
Salem County were 6 COMMON MOORHENS at the Griscom Rd section of
Mannington Marsh and 147 CATTLE EGRETS in a field at the intersection
of Kings Highway and Featherbed Lane Sep 11.
Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch tallied 14 OSPREYS, 13 BALD EAGLES, MERLIN,
and 3 COMMON RAVENS Sep 7.
Two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were found at the Great Piece Meadows Sod Farm
The 5th Annual New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding will take
place on Sep 13-14. The Meadowlands contains over 8,000 acres of
valuable wetland habitat and is home to over 280 bird species. The
event is comprised of two days of activities for all experience levels
including walks, eco-cruises, canoe paddles, indoor workshops, and
presentations; all led by some of the area's most accomplished and
respected birders. This year's keynote speaker is Jonathan Trouern-
Trend, a Sergeant First Class in a U.S. National Guard Unit stationed
in Iraq in 2005. His online journal about birds in war-torn Iraq has
been compiled in a small book "Birding Babylon." For more information
on the New Jersey Meadowlands Festival of Birding go to http://www.hackensackriverkeeper.org/BirdFest08.htm
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Records Committee at 'report AT njbrc.net' or hard copy to 14 Crown
Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.