Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/25/2003
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 announcement.

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 19.

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 quarry below.

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 http://www.paulagics.com

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.

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