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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/17/2009
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 Sep 12.

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.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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