This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 18, at 10:30 am, with reports of BLACK-CAPPED PETREL, GREAT SKUA, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, other pelagics, seasonal shorebirds, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, DICKCISSEL, and local reports.
A fishing trip to Hudson Canyon, 86 miles out, Sept. 16, produced a BLACK-CAPPED PETREL (photographed), 128 POMARINE JAEGERS, 4 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS, 330 GREATER SHEARWATER, 30 CORY'S SHEARWATER, 1 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, 2 GREAT SKUAS, ARCTIC TERN, and WILSON'S STORM-PETREL.
Sandy Hook was good all week, with: a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the Brookdale path Sept. 11; WESTERN KINGBIRD and a BLUE GROSBEAK at the garden Sept. 12; MARBLED GODWIT still at Spermaceti Cove all week; CHAT at Brookdale Barn Sept. 13, WESTERN KINGBIRD at North Beach and the garden Sept. 13-14 (a bird with no central tail feathers); CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Sept. 14-15 at parking area E; BLUE GROSBEAK and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at the garden Sept. 14; and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Horseshoe Cove, CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Brookdale, and LARK SPARROW at the Group Camping Area, just to the right of the road, all on Sept. 16.
The sod farm and farm-field roundup this week: 250 GOLDEN PLOVER just below Oil City Rd. south of the NJ/NY state line; up to 12 BUFF-BREASTED and 55 GOLDEN PLOVERS at the Allentown Rt. 526 sod farms Sept. 14-15; and Gordon Rd., New Sharon, had 32 GOLDEN PLOVERS Sept. 15. The Clarksville Sod Farm on Rt. 206, Columbus, had 2 GOLDEN PLOVERS and a BUFF-BREAST Sept. 15, and BUFF-BREASTS were also at Lumberton on Rt. 541 Sept. 15 and at the South Cape May Meadows Sept. 13-14.
At Cape May a PARASITIC JAEGER was at the Bunker Pond Sept. 14; a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were at the State Park Sept. 14, a DICKCISSEL at Higbee Sept. 15, and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKS there Sept. 14.
Good flights of CASPIAN TERNS continued: some 150 birds were at lower Mannington at low tide this week, and others were at Helm's Cove, Carney's Point, Sinnickson's Landing, Fenwick Creek, and Stow Creek, all in Salem and Gloucester Counties. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area Sept. 14. CONNECTICUT WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 16 warbler species were at Palmyra, Sept. 14. Seven BROWN PELICANS were at Hereford Inlet Sept. 14, and 2 SUMMER TANAGERS were still at Dividing Creek in Cumberland County Sept. 15. Five TURKEYS and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER were at Brookside on Mt. Pleasant Rd. Sept. 17, and an imm. BALD EAGLE was at Pine Brook near Troy Meadows Sept. 16.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.