This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 25, 2003
with reports of BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL, ARCTIC, BRIDLED, and SOOTY
TERNS, PURPLE GALLINULE, SWAINSON'S HAWK, AMERICAN AVOCET, CLAY-COLORED
SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and a pelagic trip
Storm-related birds found in Cape May Sep 19 included BAND-RUMPED
STORM-PETREL, AUDUBON'S SHEARWATER, POMARINE JAEGER, BRIDLED AND SOOTY
TERNS. An immature PURPLE GALLINULE was in the South Cape May Meadows
Sep 20call the CMBO Hotline for details.
A dark-morph SWAINSON'S HAWK was viewed over Sunrise Mountain along
with 578 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sep 20.
Sandy Hook Sep 19 had 2-3 SANDWICH TERNS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and
AMERICAN AVOCET at Spermaceti Cove; the AVOCET was relocated and
remained at the salt pond at the end of the fisherman's trail through
Sep 24. The 2 SANDWICH TERNS were found again Sep 24-25 in Spermaceti
Cove. To look for the terns park in Area C and walk across to the
bayside. Walk north along the beach to the end and look for the
terns. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was at the salt pond Sep 19. Two
MARBLED GODWITS stopped by Spermaceti Cove Sep 20. A CONNECTICUT
WARBLER and a LARK SPARROW were found in the shrubs at the auditorium
Sep 21. About 110 species of birds were noted Sep 24 including 17
species of WARBLER, 4 BLUE GROSBEAKS, 6-8 DICKCISSELS and a GRASSHOPPER
SPARROW around K-lot, a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and 2 CLAY-COLORED
SPARROWS north of the garden, and a LARK SPARROW at the end of the
fisherman's trail. Other sightings at the hook this week included
AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 CLIFF SWALLOWS, and PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Check
the bird sightings book at SHBO for daily reports.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Thompson Park in Lincroft Sep 20.
Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on Lake Como in Belmar Sep
Six SANDWICH TERNS were in Little Bay at Island Beach State Park Sep
21. Also there that day were 18 CASPIAN TERNS and 4 AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVERS. Other birds found there this weekend included
CONNECTICUT WARBLER, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a LARK
SPARROW at the Canoe/Kayak access.
An AMERICAN AVOCET was noted at Brigantine NWR Sep 19-20.
Chimney Rock has 3-4 resident COMMON RAVENS, often viewable in the
Spruce Run Reservoir had locally rare LAUGHING GULL and FORSTER'S TERN
Sep 19. Spruce Run WMA hosted 17 species of WARBLERS and 4 PHILADELPHIA
VIREOS Sep 21.
Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch had 1300 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS and 3 COMMON
RAVENS. Nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULL Sep 21.
Overpeck Creek Sep 21 had migrants including LINCOLN'S SPARROW and BLUE
GROSBEAK. Liberty State Park the same day had 9 species of warbler and
PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Also at Liberty Sep 24 were YELLOW-CROWNED
NIGHT-HERON and BARN OWL.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ,
and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip
will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at
this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red
Phalarope, jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information,
contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List
Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding
and thanks for calling and reporting.