Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/24/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 24, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues at Brigantine NWR; seen as recently as Sep 21 in the southwest corner of the east pool. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered in the roving RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flock on the dikes Sep 22. Shorebirds recorded at Brig Sep 20-21 included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, up to 3 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, MARBLED GODWIT, 20 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and 20 STILT SANDPIPERS. Other birds noted at Brigantine this week were NORTHERN BOBWHITE, AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, 45 CASPIAN TERNS, and BLACK TERN.

Sandy Hook had good passerine flights Sep 19-20 including YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 2 SWAINSON'S THRUSHES, 2+ PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, 22 species of warblers featuring TENNESSEE WARBLER, 4 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, 3 BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 3 BAY-BREASTED WARBLERS, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and MOURNING WARBLER -- the latter two found near the rusty barn. A VESPER SPARROW was near the flag pole in the scout camp Sep 20. Two LARK SPARROWS lingered at nine-gun battery by K-lot and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted there Sep 19. A BLUE GROSBEAK was a K-lot Sep 19 and 2 DICKCISSELS were fly-overs Sep 20. The tidal flats near the false hook produced 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Sep 19. A BLACK TERN was a fly-by there Sep 20 and a CASPIAN TERN was noted Sep 24. Four AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were present near the false hook Sep 22. An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at the salt pond Sep 22. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A LARK SPARROW was present at Island Beach State Park Sep 19-20 at the nature center feeders. An excellent count of 123 BROWN PELICANS was tallied around Barnegat Inlet and the Sedge Islands Sep 20.

Sightings from the DeKorte Environment Center this week included 2-3 Soras daily, up to 4 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, LEAST BITTERN, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE Sep 20-23, and several CASPIAN TERNS. Intriguing was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE photographed in the Hackensack River from Andreas Park in Teaneck Sep 21.

Allendale Celery Farm birds this week included BLUE-WINGED TEAL and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT Sep 22. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected there Sep 23.

A flock of 15-20 AMERICAN PIPITS were tallied along Pleasant Plains Rd in the Great Swamp NWR Sep 20-22.

Twenty LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were counted at Spruce Run Reservoir Sep 18.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was found in Kittatinny Valley State Park Sep 22; the bird was seen north of the parking lot off Rte 206 along the Sussex Branch Trail.

Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch tallied 1,218 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 18.

Gloucester County reports this week were of 4 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, VESPER SPARROW, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at the National Park Dredge Spoils Sep 21. On Sep 22 a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted there. At Floodgates, 20 CASPIAN TERNS and 2 BLACK TERNS were found Sep 20.

A flock of 9 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported at Robert G. Martin Lake in Hamilton Veterans Park Sep 19.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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