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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 23, 2010 with reports of HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LARK SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Overpeck Creek Park's female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD remained in the Ridgefield Park section off Challenger Blvd through Sep 17; the DICKCISSEL continued near the horse stables in the Teaneck section through Sep 17; also there that day was a BLUE GROSBEAK. Two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS continued in the Challenger Blvd section through Sep 22.
Reports from the Allendale Celery Farm this week included CONNECTICUT WARBLER and MOURNING WARBLER Sep 21 and a HOODED WARBLER Sep 23.
DeKorte Environment Center in the NJ Meadowlands had 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS Sep 20 and 3 CASPIAN TERNS and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Sep 19.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected at Liberty State Park Sep 20. Also there this week were MOURNING WARBLER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
Great Piece Meadows Sep 20 had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 38 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, MOURNING WARBLER, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.
Raccoon Ridge tallied 1,385 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 12 BALD EAGLES Sep 17 and 1,663 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and a possible all-time state high count of 33 COMMON RAVENS Sep 18.
Round Valley Reservoir had an impressive 236 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a LAUGHING GULL Sep 17 and a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER was at Spruce Run Reservoir the same day. Spruce Run Reservoir had AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, 3 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, 72 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 2 COMMON RAVENS Sep 21.
Reports from Merrill Creek Reservoir/Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch this week were of 2,108 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Sep 18, two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 56 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Sep 21, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at the pipeline access road and a WESTERN KINGBIRD from the hawk watch Sep 22. Sixteen species of warblers and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO were tallied around the reservoir Sep 16.
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had good hawk flights Sep 18-19 including 385 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, BALD EAGLE, and PEREGRINE FALCON. Nearby Great Swamp NWR had a VESPER SPARROW near the heronry overlook along Pleasant Plains Rd Sep 20.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a SORA at Spermaceti Cove and NELSON'S SPARROW and SALTMARSH SPARROW at Plum Island Sep 18; a DICKCISSEL was a flyover at Spermaceti Cove Sep 19 and a LARK SPARROW was found at Battery Potter the same day. YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO were noted around the Officer's Club Sep 18 and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was near the Visitor Center. Good landbird flights Sep 20-21 included 7 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 17 species of warblers including 2 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER; LINCOLN'S SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH. Another LARK SPARROW was found along the road to nowhere Sep 22-23. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Brigantine NWR reports this week included YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 7 SORAS Sep 20, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT along the east dike Sep 16-20, as many as 14 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, up to 5 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER in the northwest pool, and 1-2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS with the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock that moves around the dikes.
At the south end of Brigantine Island 100 Western WILLETS, WHIMBREL, and 18 MARBLED GODWITS were tallied Sep 20.
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