This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 20 with reports of Review List GREAT WHITE HERON, LARK BUNTING, COMMON CRANE, possible EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER, WESTERN TANAGER and other reports of seasonal and local interest.
A GREAT WHITE HERON has been present this week on Nummy Island on Ocean Drive in Cape May County. A female LARK BUNTING found Sept. 15 at Stone Harbor Point was seen by a number of observers but was not seen after Sept. 16.
The COMMON CRANE adult was seen with 3 adult SANDHILLS and one juvenile, at the following locations near the Johnson Sod Farms in Cumberland-Salem: south side of Harmony Road, just west of Seeley Road; over Seeley Road and Seeley Lake on the Cohansey River; and Bostwick Lake, off the Alloway-Friesburg Road. On Sept. 11, there were still 44 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and 12 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on Olivet Lane, but on Sept. 18, only BLACK-BELLIES and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were seen in the area. Reach the area from Rte 77, then take Friesburg Rd west from the town of Deerfield.
A WESTERN TANAGER was seen by three observers at Sunrise Mt. hawk lookout at 4 p.m. Saturday Sept. 16. The bird was well described, but could not be relocated after the initial observation.
A possible EUROPEAN GOLDEN PLOVER was described by 4 or 5 observers Sunday Sept. 17 at Sandy Hook on the north end at the end of the Fisherman's Trail near the BAIRD'S SANDPIPER pool to the left. The bird was last seen flying south. Some 8 or 10 birders searched all day Monday Sept. 18 at the Hook, but to no avail.
Other birds seen at Sandy Hook were BAIRD'S SANDPIPER at the end of the Fishermen's Trail (left pond) thru Sept. 18; VIRGINIA RAIL and AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond Sept. 16; LARK SPARROW at K Sept. 17; PHILADELPHIA VIREO and CAPE MAY WARBLER at area north of K Sept. 16; 30 ROYAL TERNS and 300+ COMMON TERNS feeding off B Sept. 16; PHILADELPHIA VIREO at NW corner of E Sept. 18; CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Ranger Station (path to dune trail) Sept. 18; 3 WILSON'S WARBLERS at G, Locust Grove and platform Sept. 18; and KENTUCKY WARBLER Sept. 19 on the dune trail off E. Some 14 WARBLERS were at Sandy Hook Sept. 18.
A CASPIAN TERN was at South Amboy with other terns Sept. 12.
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