Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/23/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 23, 2004 with reports of PIPING PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook had several good days of passerine migration this week, with over 25 species of warblers recorded. Highlights included a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER near the rusty barn Sep 21, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the K-lot field the same day, an early ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER near the garden Sep 19; and BAY-BREASTED and TENNESSEE WARBLERS elsewhere. Five PHILADELPHIA VIREOS were noted this week, mostly around the Scout camp and Raccoon alley. An impressive 50+ RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were tallied Sep 21. The first CLAY-COLORED SPARROW of the fall was found near the garden Sep 22 and a LARK SPARROW was present at the K-lot field Sep 19-21. The juvenile BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER remained at the salt pond through Sep 19 and 2-3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were there Sep 19-21. Other Hook birds this week were YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, an early AMERICAN PIPIT, 5+ LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and flyover DICKCISSELS and AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER.

Thompson Park in Lincroft had 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, and 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Sep 22. Nearby Big Brook Park in Marlboro off Rte 520 also hosted a CONNECTICUT WARBLER the same day.

Migrants at Palmyra Sep 19 included 12 species of warbler, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and the site's first record of LARK SPARROW.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted Hunterdon County's first record of PIPING PLOVER Sep 17 and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted in the Wildlife Management Area off Van Syckles Road the same day.

An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at the Great Swamp NWR at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the heron rookery Sep 19.

An OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was found at Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch at Merrill Creek Reservoir Sep 20. The raptor flight that day recorded an excellent total of 1189 birds.

Both Montclair and Chimney Rock Hawkwatches had excellent flights Sep 19 with 1800 and 1605 Broad-winged Hawks respectively.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.

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