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.