Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/20/2001
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday Sept 20 with reports of Review List PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, N. WHEATEAR, and EARED GREBE, as well as RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, BROWN PELICAN, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and other seasonal migrants and local reports.

The PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER was still present Sept 16 on the Johnson Sod Farm at Olivet Road with other goldens and ten buff-breasts.

A N. WHEATEAR appeared Sept 16 at the Liberty Sod Farms off Shades Road in Great Meadows and has been seen daily thru 9/19, most recently on the gravel road just below the farm office. From 46 in Great Meadows, take 611 west 1.5 mi. to Shades Road. Go right on Shades and proceed to the Liberty Sod Farm Office. Park near the office and walk down the road to the sod farms. ** Please do not drive on the dikes--no need! many thanks to the farm for their hospitality. Let's not abuse it.**

An EARED GREBE was found Sept 18 at 6 p.m. at Stone Harbor Point. It was in the channel at the north end of Nummy's Island on the south side of the free bridge (towards Stone Harbor Point).

A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was reported at the Allendale celery farm Sept 17.

At Island Beach SP Sept 19 there were 3 BROWN PELICANS, MERLIN, flights of PALM WARBLER, SAVANNAH SPARROW and WHITETHROATS, several TRICOLORED HERONS and the resident NIGHT-HERONS in the vicinity of the Sedge Islands complex. Park at A-21 and view the area from the Kayak launch.

A good fallout at South Mountain Rsservation (Essex County) Sept 13 included a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the landfill off Brookside Drive just south of South Orange Ave (Rte 510), and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in a flock of warblers at the trail to Tumble Hill. All the Essex County ridge top parks are good for landbird migrants in Sept.

Sandy Hook Sept 15 had a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER in the right Salt Pond, about 15 warblers including 3 or 4 Cape Mays at arms length at the north end, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS at Brookdale and 5 JUNCOS at the garden. On Sept. 16 at the Hook, SAPSUCKER and CREEPER were seen, along with 16 warblers, including CONNECTICUT at the garden, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO at the garden, GRAY-CHEEK at the Locust Grove and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at several locations.

Wildcat Ridge Hawk Lookout had 6272 BROAD-WINGS Sept 16. Montclair had 4000+ BROAD-WINGS on the afternoon of Sept 15. A BALD EAGLE was over Scherman Hoffman Sept 14.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey, To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC, 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558. Good birding, and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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