This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 12
, 2002 with reports of AMERICAN AVOCET, SANDWICH TERN, MARBLED GODWIT,
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER,
BROWN PELICAN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER,
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER,
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH,
SWAINSON'S THRUSH, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, LEAST
BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, CASPIAN TERN, GULL-BILLED TERN,
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MERLIN, AMERICAN PIPIT, HORNED LARK, COMMON
NIGHTHAWK, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON and
seasonal and local reports of interest.
Two MARBLED GODWITS have been present at the Winter Anchorage sandbars
at Island Beach State Park since September 6. Also observed at Island
Beach SP were a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER September 10, four CASPIAN TERNS
September 6 and 7, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT both
Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR hosted an interesting array of birds on
September 7 highlighted by a SANDWICH TERN, one AMERICAN AVOCET, an
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, VIRGINIA RAIL, LEAST BITTERN, 50+ LONG-BILLED
DOWITCHERS, COMMON MOORHEN, SIX CASPIAN and one GULL-BILLED TERN plus
1000+ GREEN-WINGED TEAL.
Sod farm reports highlight this weeks report with 90 AMERICAN GOLDEN
PLOVERS September 7and three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS September 6 the
highs for the week at the Johnson Sod Farm south of Pole Tavern. Also
present there was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and an AMERICAN PIPIT September
7, plus several HORNED LARKS throughout the week. The East Coast Sod
Farm off Rt. 40 near Woodstown hosted 90 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS
September 7 and 20 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS September 6. Eight AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVERS were also discovered at the Liberty Sod Farm in Great
Meadows September 7.
Sandy Hook was the place to be this week for WARBLERS and other
passerines. The Hook hosted 20 species of warblers including two
CONNECTICUT WARBLERS September 8 and one September 7, PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER September 9, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT September 8, plus the
following BLACKPOLL, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, MAGNOLIA WARBLER,
WILSON'S WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER and BLACKBURNIAN. Notable passerines at the Hook
included OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER September 6, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH
September 7, LINCOLN'S SPARROW September 6, several SWAINSON'S
THRUSHES, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and PHILADELPHIA VIREOS
throughout the week and three YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS September 8. The
salt ponds at the end of the Fishermen's Trail at the north end of
Sandy Hook hosted a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER September 8 and 11, a LESSER
BLACK-BACKED Gull September 8, Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER September 11.
Tuckerton at the east end of Great Bay Blvd. (7 Bridges Road) was home
to 18 BROWN PELICANS September 7. Ten COMMON MOORHENS were present at
Mannington Marsh September 7, while 60+ COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were observed
over Hackensack September 6. A CASPIAN TERN visited Floodgate in
Greenwich this week.
Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick provided 100+ BOBOLINKS and a MERLIN and
Merrill Creek Reservoir a CASPIAN TERN and a COMMON MERGANSER September
6. A dozen species of warblers and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were recorded
at Clinton WMA September 7 and 8, while ten species of warblers and a
PHILADELPHIA VIREO visited Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuaries
September 6. A MERLIN was also noted over Sandy Hook September 8.
Merrill Creek Reservoir is currently closed for Code Orange national
security precautions and Cold Brook Preserve trail in Oldwick is also
closed indefinitely concerning legal matters.
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.