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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 15, 2011 with reports of BROWN BOOBY, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREAT CORMORANT, CATTLE EGRET, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, WHITE IBIS, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, BLACK-NECKED STILT, AMERICAN AVOCET, "Western" WILLET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN , BLACK TERN, BARN OWL, COMMON NIGHTHAWK, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, LARK SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was a hot bed of avian activity this week including the following reports: 15 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flying over the refuge Sept. 13, an immature WHITE IBIS noted on Sept. 9, 13 and 14, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER with a high of four Sept. 14 and singles Sept. 9 and 14, a BLACK-NECKED STILT Sept. 13 and 14, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT Sept. 10, a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER Sept. 14, A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Sept. 14, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE and a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Sept. 13-14. WESTERN SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and STILT SANDPIPERS were also reported during this period at the refuge.
The BROWN BOOBY in Jarvis Sound Cape May was last reported Sept. 12. A trip to Holgate at the south end of Long Beach Island Sept. 11 turned up a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, three PIPING PLOVER, and a "Western" WILLET.
Sandy Hook also had its fair share of bird activity with the following reports: An AMERICAN AVOCET, a LARK SPARROW, 15 HORNED LARKS, a "Western" WILLET and three YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS all Sept. 10, while Sept. 11 featured 19 species of shorebirds there including: an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, five PIPING PLOVER, 24 RED KNOTS, a Baird's Sandpiper, three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, four WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a "Western" WILLET. Also at the Hook that day a TENNESSEE WARBLER. September 12 featured 27 Red Knots, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, three WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a MOURNING WARBLER and a pair of BLUE GROSBEAKS. Three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS and two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS were tallied on the Hook Sept. 13.
Forty plus COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were noted over Dunellen Sept. 13.
New Jersey's sod farm birding sites have been well scanned this week. The Allentown sod farms near Assunpink WMA near Rt. 539 and Herbert Road Sept 12-15 produced highs of 31 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Sept. 14, 20 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Sept. 15, five PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Sept. 14, two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS Sept/ 12 and 8 to 10 HORNED LARKS Sept. 12 and 15. Opie Road near Hillsborough had an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Sept. 12 and a high of nine PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Sept. 14. North Branch Park had a PECTORAL SANDPIPER Sept. 12 and 13 and in Bridgewater, Duke Island Park one on Sept. 12 and Patriot's Stadium two Sept. 14.
Willow Brook Road Sept. 9 in Holmdel provided five AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2+ BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS.
"Grasspipers" abounded at a spot in Salem County Sept. 9 along Rt. 77 near the intersection of Rt. 611 (P.61, I-28 DeLorme). Highlights included 120 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 15 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 20+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, six WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was noted there Sept. 8. Five AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER were tallied at the Johnson Sod Farm near Pole Tavern Sept. 12.
Featherbed Lane in Salem County was home to a 125 CATTLE EGRETS Sept. 9, while 15 warbler species were tallied at Maria Greenwald Park in Cherry Hill including a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Sept. 9.
The fields around St. Clair's Hospital in Denville were home to as many as ten PECTORAL SANDPIPERS Sept. 11 to 14.
Liberty Sod Farms at Great Meadows in Hope produced 13 species of shorebirds Sept. 10-11 including: 83 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 100+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 20+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, a STILT SANDPIPER and even five SANDERLINGS, quite unusual inland.
A BLACK-NECKED STILT at Liberty SP in Jersey City was a surprise Sept. 9 as was a LARK SPARROW at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park Sept. 10.
An evening cruise in the NJ Meadowlands in the Secaucus area Sept. 9 produced nine YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, two CASPIAN TERNS, and a COMMON RAVEN.
The New Jersey Meadowlands Festival at DeKorte in Lyndhurst/North Arlington tallied an early GREAT CORMORANT (in Kearny) YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, an AMERICAN AVOCET, a BARN OWL, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH..
The immature WHITE IBIS at Silver Lake in Park Ridge was last reported Sept. 9. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was tallied at the Allendale Celery Farm Sept. 11, while 26 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were observed in Fredon the same day as well as several CAPE MAY WARBLERS.
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