This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday September 17, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, SCISSOR-
TAILED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN WHEATEAR, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE,
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was discovered at the DeKorte Environment Center
Sep 14 and still present Sep 17; the bird was seen along the Transco
Trail near its intersection with the Marsh Discovery Trail. An
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was noted in the Kingsland Impoundment Sep
16-17. Other birds seen at DeKorte Sep 12 included 3 SORAS along the
Marsh Discovery Trail, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, RED-
NECKED PHALAROPE, and 5 CASPIAN TERNS. Additional birds noted in the
NJ Meadowlands complex over the weekend included 3+ YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERONS, COMMON MOORHEN, and a SEDGE WREN at Harrier Meadow.
A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was detected at the north end of Sandy
Hook near north pond Sep 15. Also at the hook that day was a
CONNECTICUT WARBLER near the old tennis courts southeast of K-lot, 3
YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 2 BLUE GROSBEAKS.
Nineteen species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED
WARBLER, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER were noted Sep 14 along with
PHILADELPHIA VIREO along the road to nowhere, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at
the garden, and 2 flyover DICKCISSELS. A juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-
PLOVER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were found at the tidal cut east of
the end of the fisherman's trail Sep 13. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER
was near the rusty barn Sep 13. NASHVILLE WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER
were found near the road to nowhere Sep 12. A free, detailed birding
map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there
for daily reports.
The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues through Sep 17 at Brigantine NWR. Look
for the bird in the east pool. Other species recorded at Brig Sep
12-13 included 2 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-
PLOVERS, 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS (Sat only), MARBLED GODWIT, 500 WESTERN
SANDPIPERS, 120 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 30 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 BUFF-
BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 100 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3 WILSON'S
PHALAROPES, 1-3 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, and 10 BLACK TERNS. Thirteen
TRICOLORED HERONS were tallied there Sep 11.
Island Beach State Park hosted an early VESPER SPARROW Sep 16. A
BICKNELL'S THRUSH and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH were banded there Sep 14.
Migrants at Supawna Meadows NWR Sep 10 included YELLOW-BELLIED
FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
Three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were
noted along Cranbury Half Acre Rd off Rte 130 Sep 12.
Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel hosted a WILSON'S PHALAROPE Sep 11. Two
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 2 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were found there
Montclair Hawk Watch tallied 1,730 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 14; 18
COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were recorded there Sep 13.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO highlighted migrants at the Allendale Celery Farm
Sep 17. A CAPE MAY WARBLER was there Sep 15.
Two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES "touched down" at Spruce Run Reservoir near
the boat launch Sep 11.
Sightings from the Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch included 29 RUBY-
THROATED HUMMINGBIRDS and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER Sep 13, and a
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER Sep 14. An impressive 3,970 BROAD-WINGED
HAWKS passed the watch Sep 16. Also in Warren County were 1,716 BROAD-
WINGED HAWKS at Raccoon Ridge Sep 16.
Sussex County reports were of single OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS at Steam
Mill in Stokes State Forest Sep 11 and at the old Camp Olympia site on
Flatbrook Rd off Rte 206. Two PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were noted at Camp
Olympia site Sep 15. Raptors tallied at nearby Sunrise Mountain Sep 15
included 676 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 10 OSPREYS, and 5 BALD EAGLES. On Sep
16 Sunrise Mountain logged 2160 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and a CONNECTICUT
WARBLER. A BAY-BREASTED WARBLER was noted there as well.
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