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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 16, 2010 with reports of KING RAIL, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a BLACK SCOTER, BROWN PELICAN and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the false hook Sep 13; two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were there Sep 14. Three PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO were noted Sep 10 along with SWAINSON'S THRUSH and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH. An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were noted around the locust grove/bowl area Sep 14. Five YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS were tallied at the hook Sep 10. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was near the rusty barn Sep 15. A DICKCISSEL and 3 PURPLE FINCHES were over K-lot Sep 16. Among the 25 species of warblers noted at Sandy Hook this week were 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 4 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, 4 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and WILSON'S WARBLER. Most of the warblers were found along raccoon alley/scout camp, the garden, and the locust grove A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Sod fields along the south side of Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel hosted AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Sep 12. Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were noted there Sep 13-14.
Brigantine NWR Sep 12 had an AMERICAN BITTERN and a calling KING RAIL at the gull pond tower, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in the southwest pool; 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 30 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 4-7 AMERICAN AVOCETS in the northwest pool.
Palmyra Cove Sep 11-12 had CASPIAN TERN, BONAPARTE'S GULL, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, and 25 species of warblers including CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 2-3 MOURNING WARBLERS, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
The National Park Dredge Spoils hosted PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 4 WARBLING VIREOS, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, TENNESSEE WARBLER, 8 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and CANADA WARBLER Sep 11. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted there Sep 15.
Twenty-four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 10 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were found at the East Coast Sod Farm near the intersection of Rte 40 and Pointers-Auburn Rd in Salem County Sep 12. Another 11 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted in a plowed field at the intersection of County Road 633 and Fryeburg Rd the same day.
Spruce Run Reservoir's Mulhockaway Creek mudflats hosted 5 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 12 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Sep 13.
Glenhurst Meadows (Warren Green Acres) had 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER Sep 10.
Highlights from the NJ Meadowlands Festival of Birding Sep 11 included AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 2 SORAS, 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, STILT SANDPIPER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
Overpeck Park in Leonia had 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER in the big field off the Challenger Rd entrance, and a DICKCISSEL near the stables parking lot Sep 15-16.
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