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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/19/2002
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 19, 2002 with reports of BROWN NODDY, BLACK-TAILED GULL, WESTERN TANAGER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, WILSON'S STORM PETRELS, MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, CASPIAN TERN, RED CROSSBILL, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, SORA and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A juvenile BROWN NODDY was observed from the Hawkwatch Platform in Cape May Point flying over the rips west of the bunker September 15 and two BLACK-TAILED GULLS were reported September 15 at Graveling Point in the southern most point in Ocean County. Graveling Point is accessed from Rt. 9 in Tuckerton by traveling south on Radio Road (Rt. 609) to the end (Delorme P65, K23). Neither the BROWN NODDY nor the two BLACK-TAILED GULLS have been reported since their initial discovery. Also of interest is a possible WESTERN TANAGER September 19 seen briefly by a skilled observer near the bunker (Battery Peck) below the observation platform at the north end of Sandy Hook. From lot K walk north to the bunker just beyond the gate to the locust grove trail. Extensive searching did not relocate this bird.

Island Beach State Park hosted three WILSON'S STORM PETRELS, two MARBLED GODWITS and a CASPIAN TERN September 15, while 16 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and two HORNED LARKS were still present at the Johnson Sod Farm near Pole Tavern September 14. Another BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was recorded at Whitesbog September 14 (DeLorme P49, N16-17). On September 15 six AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were present at the Liberty Sod Farm near Hope and five were observed at the Carranza Road sod farm in Tabernacle. A BAIRDS SANDPIPER visited Spruce Run September 16 at the mouth of the Mulhockaway Creek (Delorme P35, A17), while another was discovered at Conasconk Point September 19 (Delorme P38, L8).

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was discovered at the Celery Farm in Allendale (DeLorme P26, E11) September 18 and a RED CROSSBILL flew over Sandy Hook September 13. On September 14 Palmyra (DeLorme P46, K12) hosted a PHILADELPHIA VIREO, a MOURNING WARBLER and three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS plus a CASPIAN TERN. The Van Orden Road area of West Milford (DeLorme P25, C20) registered CONNECTICUT WARBLERS this week.

Sandy Hook highlights included PHILADELPHIA VIREO September 13 and 17, CONNECTICUT WARBLERS September 13, 14, 18 and 19, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER September 13, BAIRDS SANDPIPER September 14 (at the salt ponds at the north end), and two CASPIAN TERNS September 14. September 17 featured fifteen species of warblers and September 18 eighteen species at the Hook.

Three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were discovered at Overpeck Creek (DeLorme P33, B18) and one at the Celery Farm in Allendale this week. Also noted at the Celery Farm was a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER September 17. A SORA was observed at Assiscong Marsh at River Road in Flemington Junction (DeLorme P35, G24) September 15, while unusual this week at Spruce Run were a GLOSSY IBIS and a CASPIAN TERN. Scotts Mountain (Delorme P28, I9) registered 800 hawks September 16 and 1700 September 18, while Chimney Rock tallied 3800 hawks September 18.

Sure signs of autumn include the first sightings this fall of RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER and a DARK-EYED JUNCO all at Sandy Hook this week, plus a WHITE-THROATED SPARROW at Chimney Rock.

The Merrill Creek Reservoir hawkwatch has moved to the Cell Tower area due to the closing of public access for national security reasons. The Cold Brook Preserve is open to birders despite signs claiming closed due to a contractual dispute as per the Hunterdon County Park folks.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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