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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/13/2007
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 13, 2007 with reports of COMMON EIDER, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, WHITE IBIS, ROSEATE SPOONBILL, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, SANDWICH TERN, BLACK TERN, BARN OWL, YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY- BREASTED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, LARK BUNTING, PURPLE FINCH and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR. continues to please birders with the ROSEATE SPOONBILL still present as of Sept. 9 and the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN and the three AMERICAN AVOCETS present as of Sept. 12. Other sightings at the refuge this week include: two COMMON MOORHEN as of Sept. 9, three Soras Sept. 8 and one Sept. 9 and 12, two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Sept. 9, a SOLITARY SANDPIPER Sept. 11, three flyover HUDSONIAN GODWITS Sept. 10, six RED KNOTS Sept. 11, several WESTERN SANDPIPERS all week, a peak of 100+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS Sept. 9, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sept. 10, a peak of STILT SANDPIPERS of 30 Sept. 8, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Sept. 8 and 9, a peak of LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS of 25 Sept. 8, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE Sept. 9, a peak of CASPIAN TERNS of six Sept. 9, and a peak of nine BLACK TERNS Sept. 10.

A WHITE IBIS flew over the hawkwatch at Cape May Point Sept. 10 and a LARK BUNTING was reported Sept. 12 on inaccessible private property in Ocean County.

The Johnson Sod Farm produced an amazing 35 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS as well as ten AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, Sept. 9. Six BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and an UPLAND SANDPIPER were also noted at the Johnson Sod Farm Sept. 9.

For those in need of a CATTLE EGRET fix, 150 were tallied at Compromise Road and another 60 at Featherbed Lane in Salem County Sept. 9.

A flight at Sandy Hook produced two MOURNING WARBLERS and two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS Sept. 12. Seventeen warbler species were tallied at the Hook Sept. 13 including one CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the Garden as well as BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLERS. A YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER and three or four PHILADELPHIA VIREOS also were noted at Sandy Hook Sept. 13, while the following shorebirds were observed there: a BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS and two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS Sept. 7, and 12, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Sept. 8 and 9, an AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER Sept. 8, a WESTERN SANDPIPER Sept. 9 and two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Sept 12 and 13.

Sandy Hook Sept. 9 produced a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in Guardian Park and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, while an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from the Boy Scout Camp area Sept. 12. Sept. 13 a PURPLE FINCH visited the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory feeder and the season's first DARK-EYED JUNCOS returned to Sandy Hook.

The Winter Anchorage at Island Beach SP Sept. 8 was home to two SANDWICH TERNS, a CASPIAN TERN, two BLACK TERNS, 30 BROWN PELICANS, two MARBLED GODWITS, and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A hen COMMON EIDER was observed in the surf in front of the Essex-Sussex Condos in Spring Lake Sept. 11, while two BLACK TERNS visited Assunpink WMA Sept. 10 and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Willow Brook Road in Holmdel Sept. 9.

Garret Mountain Res. in West Paterson hosted a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and several Common Ravens Sept. 9, while a SOLITARY SANDPIPER visited Rahway River Park the same day. Eighteen species were tallied at Garret Mountain Sept. 13 including BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLERS along with a LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

A foraging BARN OWL was observed the evening of Sept. 11 at Liberty SP.

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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