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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/15/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 15, 2005 with reports of SABINE'S GULL, BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A SABINE'S GULL was found at the Warren Green Acres site in Somerset Count (DeLorme P. 31, N-16) Sep 11no reports since. Also there on Sep 10 was a CONNECTICUT WARBLER. Reach Warren Green Acres from Rt. 78 exit 36 and proceed south from the exit to the first left onto Mountain View Rd and less than one mile to a small parking area on the left (north) side of the road, just past the Widener Dairy Farm.

The Johnson Sod Farm in Deerfield had an amazing 60+ BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 80 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 30 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sep 10. All of the birds were in the grassy areas off Olivet Rd. Johnson's Sod Farm is along Rt. 77 between Shirley and Deerfield along the Cumberland/Salem Co. border (DeLorme P. 62). Please park on the shoulder, bird cautiously and safely from public roads, and do not enter the fields or disturb farm operations.

Sightings from Palmyra Cove Nature Park Sep 10-11 included OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHER, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 21 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER; and 3 BLUE GROSBEAKS.

Sightings from Brigantine NWR Sep 10-11 included the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, 2 SORAS, 35+ AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 18 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 8 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, and a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. Check the sightings log there for daily reports and specific locations.

Great Bay Blvd near Tuckerton had 26 BROWN PELICANS Sep 11.

Eight AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted along Herbert Rd near the entrance to Assunpink WMA Sep 11.

A COMMON RAVEN was found at the Cedar Ridge Preserve near Hopewell Sep 9.

Sandy Hook reports this week included YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 14+ species of warbler, and a Dickcissel Sep 10. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was along the South Beach dune trail and TENNESSEE WARBLERS and BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS were found along Raccoon Alley Sep 11. One to two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS have been almost daily this week, with most reports from the Locust Grove and Raccoon Alley. A LARK SPARROW, 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS were found at the Salt Pond Sep 12. Three MARBLED GODWITS and a BLACK TERN were at Spermaceti Cove Sep 15. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Hunterdon County reports this week were of 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 5 AMERICAN PIPITS at Spruce Run Reservoir Sep 11. At nearby Clinton WMA a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found the same day. An OLIVE- SIDED FLYCATCHER was noted at Voorhees State Park Sep 10.

Garret Mountain highlights this weekend were 2-3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS at the wet area south of the gazebo, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CAPE MAY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, all Sep 10; a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found west of the tiered parking lot and relocated in the wet area Sep 12. Another CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Garret Sep 13.

A pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon Sep 11 tallied 200 WILSON'S STORM- PETRELS, 25 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 20 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 6 RED- NECKED PHALAROPES, and 2 juvenile LONG-TAILED JAEGERS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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