This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 19, 2013 with reports of CURLEW SANDPIPER, SANDHILL CRANE, COMMON GALLINULE, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, and seasonal/local reports of interest.
If you are a frequent reader of the VONJA, please consider joining New Jersey Audubon. You can find out more about membership by calling 908-204-8998 or visiting http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionAboutNJAS/JoinNJAudubon.aspx
Visit the New Jersey Audubon eBird portal for feature articles, announcements, and to submit your bird sightings: http://ebird.org/content/nj
Check out the new 'All Things Birds' blog at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionAllThingsBirds/AllThingsBirdsBlog.aspx
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues to offer good shorebirding this week, with 3+ AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 1,000+ BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, AMERICAN AVOCET, up to 4 MARBLED GODWITS, 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE Sep 14-15. Other birds noted at Brig over the weekend included 2 TRICOLORED HERONS, 5 LITTLE BLUE HERONS, 2 SORAS, CASPIAN TERNS, and ROYAL TERNS. A CURLEW SANDPIPER was reported Sep 17-18 and 5 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were along the North Dike Sep 17.
Salem County reports included 2 SANDHILL CRANES and several COMMON GALLINULES at Mannington Marsh Sep 15 & 19; a MOURNING WARBLER at Parvin State Park Sep 13, and 30 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at the Johnson Sod Farm Sep 13.
The National Park Dredge Spoils in Gloucester County had a juvenile RED-NECKED PHALAROPE Sep 14-15. Other shorebirds noted there included 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 24 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, and 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
CONNECTICUT WARBLER and BAY-BREASTED WARBLER were noted at Wheelabrator Refuge Sep 14.
Riverwinds Scenic Trail Sep 15 hosted BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, ALDER FLYCATCHER, 13 species of warbler including latish CANADA WARBLERS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. A GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was there on Sep 17.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park had 14+ species of warbler Sep 14-15 including NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. Seven COMMON NIGHTHAWKS and 200 CHIMNEY SWIFTS were noted Sep 18.
Birds noted at Barnegat Light State Park Sep 17 were 60+ BROWN PELICANS, CASPIAN TERN, 100 ROYAL TERNS, and a LARK SPARROW. On the opposite side of Barnegat Inlet, 5 MARBLED GODWITS were noted at Island Beach State Park at the winter anchorage sandbars Sep 15 and 40 BROWN PELICANS were there Sep 17. Also in Ocean County were 4 BROWN PELICANS and 2 TRICOLORED HERONS at Great Bay Blvd WMA Sep 17.
Sandy Hook had an excellent migration days Sep 14-15 & 17 with SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the end of the fisherman's trail, 2 adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Sep 15 and an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the scout camp Sep 17, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 24+ species of warblers including 6+ BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 6 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, and 3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near the start of the fisherman's trail Sep 15 & 18, 2 LARK SPARROWS (one at MAST and another along Raccoon Alley, the latter still there Sep 17), DICKCISSEL in the locust grove, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. On Sep 19 a BROWN PELICAN was on the pound nets in Sandy Hook Bay, and other migrants included 3 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, MOURNING WARBLER, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and DICKCISSEL.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was noted at the sod fields along Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel Sep 13.
Chimney Rock Hawk Watch tallied over 13,000 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 15-16. Other birds noted there Sep 14 included RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 17 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER. Another 1,035 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS passed the watch Sep 17 along with PHILADELPHIA VIREO and 17 species of warblers.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Twp Sep 14-16 had up to 6 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, an early WINTER WREN, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 12+ species of warblers including CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, and 5 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected Sep 17.
Wildcat Ridge in Hibernia tallied 2,011 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 16.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted in Long Valley along Bartley Rd Sep 15.
Two juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS have been present at a corporate pond along Jefferson Rd in Parsippany through Sep 16. Also there is an immature GREAT CORMORANT.
Liberty State Park Sep 17 had SORA, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 16 species of warbler including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, WILSON'S WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.
Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found at the Ridgewood Duck Pond Park Sep 19.
Raccoon Ridge had 397 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, and 14 species of warbler including CAPE MAY WARBLER, TENNESSEE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLER, and PRAIRIE WARBLER Sep 15. More information about birding this site can be found athttp://ebird.org/content/nj/news/fall-hawkwatching-at-raccoon-ridge/
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was photographed at Hillside Park in Andover Sep 15.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.