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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday September 20, 2012 with reports of ELEGANT TERN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The ELEGANT TERN continues at Sandy Hook through Sep 17. From parking area K take the fisherman's trail north until you hit the open beach. Head towards the right and look for the bird at the tidal cut and the higher dunes/beach beyond it. The bird often roosts with the COMMON TERN flock around the BLACK SKIMMER colony. DO NOT trespass into the fenced-off skimmer colony! Alternately, birders may access the false hook area (tip where the skimmer colony is) by parking in Lot J, walking northeast to the open beach, and heading north to the tip. This is a longer walk but does allow one to reach the false hook without potentially crossing the shallow cove during high tide.
Other birds noted at Sandy Hook Sep 14-15 around the tidal cut/false hook area included SORA, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, a juvenile GULL-BILLED TERN, 6 BLACK TERNS, and 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS. A MOURNING WARBLER was found adjacent to K-lot and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was along the fisherman's trail Sep 14. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were detected Sep 15 on the hook, and an excellent passerine flight Sep 16 had BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, 3 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 14 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 24 species of warblers including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER; CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 3 DICKCISSELS.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE flew past Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR headquarters Sep 17. Other birds noted at Brig Sep 16 were 4 MARBLED GODWITS, WESTERN SANDPIPERS, RED KNOTS, and CASPIAN TERN.
Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were found at the Barnegat Impoundments off Bay Avenue Sep 15.
A PARASITIC JAEGER was seen one and half miles off Belmar Sep 15.
Birds noted at Riverwinds Sep 16 were 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 ALDER FLYCATCHERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 14 species of warblers including 2 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS. Also in Gloucester County GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and DICKCISSEL were noted at Wheelabrator Refuge Sep 15.
Twelve LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted in the Delaware River from the Trenton Makes Bridge Sep 15. Also in Mercer County were 2 SORAS in the Hamilton Marshes Sep 13.
Seven AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found in the sod field along Cranbury Half Acre Rd Sep 16.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were reported bugling overhead at the Rutgers Livingston Campus Sep 15.
The Selody Sod Farm in Montgomery Twp hosted 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Sep 15.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was noted along the D&R Canal Sep 17.
Birds noted at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Twp Sep 16-17 included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 4 NASHVILLE WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Sayre's Farm in Morris Twp Sep 17 hosted YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Chimney Rock Hawk Watch this week tallied single-day high counts of 21 BALD EAGLES, 1,054 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 129 AMERICAN KESTRELS, and 32 MERLINS.
Wildcat Ridge Hawk Watch had 2,631 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 17.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch had 28 OSPREYS and 961 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 17, and 19 BALD EAGLES and 64 AMERICAN KESTRELS Sep 15. You can learn more about this site at http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/fall-hawk-watching-at-raccoon-ridge
Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch tallied 825 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 16. Also in Stokes State Forest Sep 16 were OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS.
Three COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and a first-winter DICKCISSEL were noted at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Sep 17.
Four SORAS were detected at DeKorte Environment Center Sep 16.
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