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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/18/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 18, 2008, with reports of BROWN BOOBY, WHITE IBIS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society bookstores.

A BROWN BOOBY was photographed about 10 miles east of Hereford Inlet on a buoy Sep 14.

The juvenile WHITE IBIS continues in the NJ Meadowlands this week, seen Sep 13. To look for the bird take the Sawmill Creek Trail to the "T" and turn left. Walk to the end of the trail by the bridge and look southwest along the shoreline for the bird. A falling or low tide is best. Other birds noted in the Meadowlands this weekend included AMERICAN BITTERN, 3 YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS in the Sawmill impoundment, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, CASPIAN TERN, 4 COMMON RAVENS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and BLUE GROSBEAK.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER near the end of the fisherman's trail and 5 Black Terns there Sep 14. A RED- HEADED WOODPECKER was a fly-by along the bike path south of SHBO Sep 12. Up to 4 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were found this week at Sandy Hook, seen along the bike path south of SHBO and near the mortar battery. The hook had 21 species of warbler this week including a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER along the bike path Sep 12, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the mortar battery east of the lighthouse Sep 16, and a good flight with 19 species of warbler tallied on Sep 17 including 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and a MOURNING WARBLER at the garden. A LARK SPARROW hung around the Road to Nowhere Sep 13-14. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Island Beach State Park hosted 3 probable PARASITIC JAEGERS Sep 13. Also there over the week were 20 BROWN PELICANS and 2 WHIMBRELS.

Brigantine NWR Sep 13-14 had AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, 5 CASPIAN TERNS, SEDGE WREN, and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD.

Salem County reports this week included 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and many PECTORAL SANDPIPERS in recently turned fields along Courses Landing Rd, just west of the intersection with Rte 646 (DeLorme P. 61, C-17). At the Cedar Lane Feed Farm near Elmer-Shirley Road 15 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and STILT SANDPIPER were noted Sep 11.

Raccoon Ridge tallied 17 BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 311 BROAD- WINGED HAWKS, an early juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE, and 6 MERLINS Sep 15.

Trout Brook WMA in Sussex County hosted a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 10 species of warblers Sep 17 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER.

Allendale Celery Farm reports this week included a late BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

Garret Mountain had 2 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, WORM-EATING WARBLER, 2 CANADA WARBLERS, WILSON'S WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW Sep 16.

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

 
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