Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/22/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Sept 22 with reports of Review List NORTHERN WHEATEAR, hurricane SOOTY TERNS, and reports of warbler flights, shorebirds, year birds of interest and local reports.

A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was seen at Hunterdon Co.'s new Hoffman Park one mile south of the Pattenberg exit off Rte. 78 on Baptist Church Road on Sept 18 and 19, but not on the 20th.

The hurricane blew at least 23 SOOTY TERNS through Cape May Sept 16; no reports from elsewhere.

All warbler fall out spots reported over 20 warbler species Sept 18. Palmyra and Cape May had 25+. Palmyra reported two CONNECTICUT WARBLERS per day Sat-Mon, and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

Sandy Hook Sept 18 had at least 23 warblers Sept 18 and 25+ Sat-Mon; including PROTHONOTARY WARBLER at the Brookdale Barn; 3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS near the hawk platform and elsewhere, MOURNING near the Coast Guard houses; PHILADELPHIA VIREOS at the garden and the campground; WILSON'S WARBLER and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER in the garden; and CAPE MAY WARBLER at the Spermaceti boardwalk. Other Hook birds were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS at Brookdale Sept 18-19; LINCOLN'S SPARROW Locust Grove Sept 19; BLUE GROSBEAK Gunnison Sept 19 and DICKCISSEL North Pond Sept 19; and lots of YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOOS, TANAGERS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAKS and ORIOLES both Sept 18 and 19. The two LARK SPARROWS have been present over a week; one behind the Howard Labs and one at the Brookdale Maintenance Bldg. GOLDEN PLOVER were flybys on Sept 18.

At Island Beach the LARK SPARROW continues on the trail to the Spizzle creek blind at A-21; also the 12 MARBLED GODWITS continue on the flats off the blind on the bay side.

Hawk Flights were good from Sept 17-19 at Montclair, Scotts Mt and Chimney Rock; Chimney Rock during that period had 10,000 hawks, with 6500 on Sept 18, including 30 BALD EAGLES and 200 OSPREYS.

Many landbirds seem early this year: LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITETHROATED SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, MYRTLE WARBLER, and AMERICAN PIPIT were all reported over the last 10 days.

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