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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 22, 2011 with reports of WHITE IBIS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SAY'S PHOEBE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A SAY'S PHOEBE was a one-day wonder at Bee Meadow Park in Hanover, Morris County Sep 19.
A WHITE IBIS was a fly-over at Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove marsh Sep 18 and represents a first site record. The hook had an excellent passerine flight Sep 16 with 24 species of warbler including 7 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, and 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS. Birds noted Sep 19 included 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Spermaceti Cove, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and a LARK SPARROW at K-lot. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A WHITE IBIS continues this week at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR through Sep 20 and a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD remains in the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock along the dikes through Sep 20. Other birds noted at Brig this week included 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, 200 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 25+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 10 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, 3 CASPIAN TERNS, and 2 BLACK TERNS.
The sod fields at the intersection of Herbert Rd and Rte 539 near Sharon Station Sep 17-19 hosted up to 7 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 14 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Palmyra Cove Sep 19.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was found at Harrier Meadow (restricted access) in the NJ Meadowlands Sep 19-20.
Garret Mountain Sep 17 had 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS.
Two GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were noted at Liberty State Park Sep 19.
The Liberty Sod Farms along Shades of Death Rd in Warren County hosted 37 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and a RUDDY TURNSTONE Sep 20.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch had several good days of BROAD-WINGED HAWK flights, including an amazing 7,977 birds tallied on Sep 18. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted on the trail to the watch the same day.
An early GOLDEN EAGLE was reported over Culver's Gap in Sussex County Sep 18.
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