Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/20/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 20, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, EARED GREBE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY- COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A basic-plumaged EARED GREBE was found along the east dike at Brigantine NWR Sep 16-19. The ROSEATE SPOONBILL was reported again Sep 18. Other sightings at Brig Sep 17-19 included the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, and 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS in the east pool. A WILSON'S PHALAROPE was near the Turtle Cove tower and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO was viewed along the upland section of the wildlife drive Sep 17.

Johnson Sod Farm had a late UPLAND SANDPIPER Sep 18.

Palmyra Cove hosted a total of 7 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS Sep 14-17 and other migrants reported there over the weekend were OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and 24 species of warbler including 5 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS.

Sandy Hook had an excellent landbird flight Sep 16 with 2-3 YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, 30+ RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, 23 species of warbler including BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, 4 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER; 25+ SCARLET TANAGERS, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 3+ PURPLE FINCHES. Two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found at the edge of K-lot Sep 16 and at least one bird remained there through Sep 19. An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted Sep 16 at Horseshoe Cove. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was seen at the garden Sep 20. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Garret Mountain had a CONNECTICUT WARBLER north of Barbour Lake Sep 17. A MOURNING WARBLER was noted at Hatfield Swamp the same day.

The Meadowlands Festival of Birding recorded 102 species Sep 15-16. Highlights included AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, and PURPLE FINCH. Many of these species were found on boat tours of the Hackensack River wetlands.

At Mill Creek Marsh in the Hackensack Meadowlands CASPIAN TERN, 40+ PALM WARBLERS, 6 CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLERS, and a HOODED WARBLER were noted Sep 17.


Highlights at the Allendale Celery Farm this week were a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at Phair's Pond and PURPLE FINCH, both Sep 16.

Highlights at Raccoon Ridge Sep 15-18 included high day-counts of 46 OSPREYS, 17 BALD EAGLES, 54 AMERICAN KESTRELS, a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK Sep 18, and 12 COMMON RAVENS. An early GOLDEN EAGLE was recorded there Sep 19.

In Sussex County along Parson Rd near Paulinskill Lake TENNESSEE WARBLER and CONNECTICUT WARBLER were found among the passerine migrants there Sep 17 (DeLorme P. 23, B-28).

A major BROAD-WINGED HAWK flight occurred in North Jersey Sep 16 & 17. Some totals recorded were 10,312 birds at Scott's Mountain/ Merrill Creek, 3600 raptors (including 12 BALD EAGLES) at Montclair Hawkwatch, 1,796 at Raccoon Ridge, and 505 at Rifle Camp Park.

A birder tuna fishing at the Hudson Canyon Sep 18 observed 3 GREATER SHEARWATERS, 3 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, and a jaeger sp.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

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