Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/2/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 2, 2004 with reports of MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A male MAGNIFICENT FRIGATEBIRD was reported from Barnegat Light State Park Aug 26 at approximately 5 pm - no reports since.

The Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland County border hosted 4-5 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2-4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 19 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS Aug 29-30. Many of the birds have been viewed from Grier's Lane. This is private property and birders are urged to be on their best behavior: don't leave the paved roads and don't interfere with farm operations or staff.

Brigantine NWR (Forsythe) continues to host an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the west pool through the weekend; an AMERICAN AVOCET and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER Aug 29 and a large flock of 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS Sep 1. Fifty BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 4 CASPIAN TERNS, and 4 GULL-BILLED TERNS were noted Aug 28.

At nearby Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton the LARK SPARROW continued between the last paved bridge and the first wooden bridge through Aug 28. At the end of the road 12 BROWN PELICANs and 4 BLACK TERNS were observed the same day.

A MARBLED GODWIT highlighted birds at Island Beach State Park Aug 28. Another MARBLED GODWIT was found at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Aug 31.

Birds at Sandy Hook this week included two LARK SPARROWS- one at the K-lot field Aug 26 and another at the salt pond Aug 29. Two DICKCISSELS were found at the large Cottonwood trees near the end of the Fisherman's trail Aug 29 and another was a flyover at north pond Sep 1. A juvenile BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the salt pond Sep 2. Seven BROWN PELICANS were noted on the pound nets off SHBO Aug 29. Other birds at the hook this week included YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS Aug 29 & Sep 1. A free birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO. Check the logbook there for daily reports.

In Hunterdon County a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was noted at the mouth of Spruce Run along Van Syckles Rd. near the intersection of Rte. 31 Aug 28. At Leon's Sod Farm in Pittstown (located along Rt. 615) single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were noted this week

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE graced Merrill Creek Reservoir Hawkwatch Aug 31 - no reports since. Also in Warren County at the retention pond near the Pohatcong Mall in Phillipsburg was a locally rare STILT SANDPIPER and 5 SOLITARY SANDPIPERS Aug 29. Three AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were found at the Liberty Sod Farm Aug 28.

The LARK SPARROW continued at Garret Mountain through Aug 28. Look for it at the "Great Lawn" in the northeast section of the park up the hill from the basketball court (look for the flagpole). At the top of the hill is one green pavilion. Cars may be parked in parking spaces right here. The bird often feeds in a shallow dirt depression and surrounding lawn a few feet downhill from the pavilion. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER highlighted other southbound migrants in the park this week.

Liberty State Park 13 species of warbler Sep 1 including NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and CANADA WARBLER. Also there YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON.


Sod Farms mentioned in this report are private property; birders are urged to behave accordingly to ensure good relations with their owners. Stay on public roads and out of the way of workers and equipment.

Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee (through Labor Day Weekend) for birding as long as you park in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant you are birding and not parking in beach access lots. This allows you to park at the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K-lot, and SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 a.m. and after 5 p.m.

Space remains on a late-summer overnight pelagic birding trip to the Hudson Canyon (to NJ & NY waters), from Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Saturday/Sunday, September 11/12 for more info contact focusonnature.com or phone 302-529-1876.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

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