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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/25/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 25, 2008 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, AMERICAN AVOCET, RED PHALAROPE, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Sandy Hook reports this week included a CONNECTICUT WARBLER found along the old trail north of L-lot (the larger Horseshoe Cove parking area) Sep 21. Also nearby that day was a MOURNING WARBLER. Another MOURNING WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER were found near the officer's club Sep 22. A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was at the officer's club Sep 20; a PHILADELPHIA VIREO was found Sep 21 and single WARBLING VIREOS were noted Sep 19 and 21. Four early fly-over PINE SISKINS and a PURPLE FINCH were detected Sep 19. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A juvenile/first-winter RED PHALAROPE was an excellent find at Lake Assunpink Sep 24. The bird was viewed on the lake from the boat launch area.

Brigantine NWR sightings this week included a CATTLE EGRET along the south dike though Sep 22, 8+ CASPIAN TERNS, 2 ROYAL TERNS, and 5 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS near the Leeds Eco-Trail. A high tide combined with northeasterly winds Sep 19 produced good shorebird totals of 580 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 234 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 743 SANDERLINGS, 234 SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, 50 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 200 DUNLINS, 3 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, 486 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 31 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Two AMERICAN AVOCETS Sep 19 increased to 6 at Brig Sep 22. Additional shorebirds noted Sep 22 included 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 20 RED KNOTS, and WESTERN SANDPIPERS.

Great Bay Blvd WMA had 10 adult BROWN PELICANS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, 2 TRICOLORED HERON, 70 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, CASPIAN TERN, and 50 ROYAL TERNS Sep 19 & 21.

Barnegat Light State Park had 21 BROWN PELICANS Sep 18.

Palmyra Cove had 14 species of warblers Sep 20-21 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, 2 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, and PHILADELPHIA VIREO.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER has returned to Great Swamp NWR, seen near the end of Pleasant Plains Road near the heronry overlook Sep 19-20.

Raccoon Ridge hosted a SWALLOW-TAILED KITE Sep 19- possibly the same bird that was found near Sunrise Mountain the day before. Also at Raccoon Ridge this week were good BROAD-WINGED HAWK flights, with a high of 472 Sep 19. COMMON RAVENS are also daily, or nearly so at the site.

Garret Mountain reports this week were of CHESTNUT-SIDED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and 4 PURPLE FINCHES.

An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed at the "sparrow fields" at The Tourne in Morris County Sep 20.

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 e-mail sightings@njaudubon.org 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@njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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