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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/12/2002
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 September 6.

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.

 
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