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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/14/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 14, 2006 with reports of BROWN PELICAN, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, CASPIAN TERN, BLACK TERN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, GOLDEN- WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, KENTUCKY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Connecticut will be featured in today's report, the Warbler, not the state. CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were widely reported around New Jersey this week with as many as four noted at Sandy Hook Sept. 9-10 including one in the garden at SHBO and four at Stone Road in Union Beach, Sept. 10. One was observed at Sandy Hook, Sept. 8 while others were tallied at: Stone Road in Union Beach, Sept. 7; Warren Green Acres, Sept. 8; West Milford, Sept. 8; Dallenback in East Brunswick, Sept. 8; Allendale Celery Farm, Sept. 9; Waackaack Creek in Middletown, Sept. 10; Parson Road in Hampton Township, Sept. 11; Tenafly Nature Center, Sept. 11; and Blue Mountain Lakes near Stillwater, Sept. 12.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was discovered at the Cape May Hawkwatch in Cape May Point Sept. 12 with no reports since. A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE continues to be reported in the Cape May Point State Park area Sept. 11.

Sandy Hook hosted 16 warbler species Sept. 9 including a KENTUCKY WARBLER and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and 17 warbler species Sept. 10, with YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER noted both days and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO present on Sept. 10. Other Sandy Hook sightings this week include: a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at the salt pond at the north end Sept. 8 and 10; a CAPE MAY WARBLER, Sept. 12; and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, Sept. 13. Most of the passerine activity at the Hook has been in the Boy Scout Camp area.

A flyover DICKCISSEL and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were recorded at Stone Road in Union Beach, Sept. 7, while 15 BROWN PELICANS were observed at Harvey Cedars, Sept. 9.

Palmyra Cove Park was home to a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, Sept. 10, while Mannington Marsh hosted 29 COMMON MOORHENS and a CASPIAN TERN, Sept. 13.

The Johnson Sod Farm outside Pole Tavern featured excellent grasspiper activity this week with reports of 13 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 15 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, Sept. 7; four AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, two UPLAND SANDPIPERS, and 20 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, Sept. 9; 30 to 40 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and 30 to 40 BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPERS, Sept. 10; and 29 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 31 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, Sept. 13 along with several HORNED LARKS.

The DeLea Sod Farm at Rt. 40 and CR 646 near Woodstown also provided 18 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 7 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER Sept. 7.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Sept. 9 hosted 100+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 25+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 3 BLACK TERNS, 10 CASPIAN TERNS, a YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER and two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS. Also at Brig, Sept. 12 and 13 were 2 COMMON MOORHEN, 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 2 CASPIAN TERNS, BLACK TERN, CAPE MAY WARBLER and one YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

Two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 17 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were all tallied in West Milford, Sept. 8, while Blue Mountain Lakes near Stillwater hosted a BAY-BREASTED WARBLER and COMMON RAVENS, Sept. 12. Also Sept. 12 were 500+ BROAD-WINGED HAWKS migrating between Blairstown and Ellenville, and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW observed on Parson's Road in Hampton Township.

The Liberty Loop at the Wallkill River NWR featured a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, Sept. 9 within NJ boundaries and three STILT SANDPIPERS and two AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, Sept. 10 not necessarily within NJ boundaries.

Garret Mountain Reservation in West Paterson produced a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, Sept. 9, while Spruce Run Reservoir was home to a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, Sept. 7. The Allendale Celery Farm hosted a LINCOLN'S SPARROW, Sept. 10 to 13, ten warbler species, Sept. 10 and 15 warbler species Sept. 11.

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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