This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 12, 2013 with reports of BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal/local reports of interest.
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Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week had 20 species of shorebirds Sep 7 including 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 2 BAIRD?S SANDPIPERS at the dog-leg area along the north dike. Other birds noted that day included 100+ BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 8 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 4 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 30 CASPIAN TERNS, and 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been in the field next to the visitor center Sep 8-11 and an immature male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen Sep 7-8 in the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock along the north dike.
Salem County sod farm reports were of 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS along County Home Rd Sep 6 and 25 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER at the Johnson Sod Farm Sep 7.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was discovered in the west pool of the National Park Dredge Spoils in Gloucester County Sep 6-10. Also there were AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and STILT SANDPIPER.
Ocean County sightings this week were of 6 BROWN PELICANS at Great Bay Blvd WMA Sep 7, three MARBLED GODWITS at Island Beach State Park Sep 8, and a juvenile PARASITIC JAEGER off Lavallette Sep 6.
Sandy Hook birds this week included 3+ AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and CASPIAN TERN at the tidal cut, SORA at K-lot, a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Sep 6, multiple PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, CONNECTICUT WARBLER along raccoon alley Sep 5, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Sep 6.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Hartshorne Woods Park Sep 11.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was seen along Herbert Rd Sep 8 and 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were there Sep 11. At nearby Assunpink WMA, a PHILADELPHIA VIREOS was noted at Stone Tavern Lake.
A BAIRD?S SANDPIPER was found near the junction of Gordon Rd and Rte 539 Sep 9.
Glenhurst Meadows had YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sep 8.
Chimney Rock had a good passerine flight Sep 6 with YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and 14 species of warbler including 3 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found at Lord Stirling Park Sep 5.
A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered at a corporate pond along Jefferson Rd near Smith Rd in Parsippany Sep 9-11.
Garret Mountain had a good variety of warblers Sep 4-6 including 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the north end of Barbour?s Pond. Also there were COMMON NIGHTHAWK and PHILADELPHIA VIREO.
A WILSON?S PHALAROPE was found at the shorebird pool at DeKorte Environment Center in the NJ Meadowlands Sep 11-12.
Liberty State Park had a MOURNING WARBLER and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Sep 8.
Raccoon Ridge had a near record-breaking one day total of 30 BALD EAGLES, along with 14 OSPREYS, 260 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS Sep 8. Also there were COMMON NIGHTHAWK and 18 RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS.
Sparta Mountain had a juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in the swamp just east of the power lines on Edison Rd Sep 9.
Another OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was reported from Ringwood State Park Sep 11.
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