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
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
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.
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