This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Sep 26 with reports of Review List LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE and COMMON CRANE, and other reports of BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, SANDHILL CRANE, MISSISSIPPI KITE, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CONNECTICUT and ORANGE CROWNED WARBLERS and other passerines, local reports and seasonal reports of interest.
Two LOGGERHEAD SHRIKES (now red-letter in NJ) were reported in Cumberland County this week: the first at the same location as last winter, on Bay Point Road near Cedarville, but this time beyond the Sheppard Farms green buildings where it was seen last year. This year's bird is further out toward Bay Point near the shallow marsh pond on the right side of the road-the bird was on the wire.
The other LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was near the cranes (Patagonia effect?) on the Seeley Cohansey Road about 150 yards from its intersection with Rte 540, also on the wires. The observer had just been photographing the COMMON CRANE and the SANDHILL CRANE adult and juv on Walters Road off the Seeley Cohansey Road where the cranes have been feeding for several days.
At Sandy Hook Sep 23, the two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were still at the end of the fishemen's trail at the left pond on the north end, at the far end of the pond. In the area were a dozen each of SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER. About 17 WARBLERS were at the thickets north of K, including CONNECTICUT, ORANGE-CROWNED, CAPE MAY and BLACKBURNIAN among others and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. Another PHILADELPHIA VIREO was at Brookdale north of the maintenance building with another good flock of warblers. Also seen at the Hook on the 23rd were early RED-THROATED LOON and GREATER SCAUP, and 6 AM. GOLDEN PLOVER. At Sandy Hook Sep 25, birders saw PHILADELPHIA VIREO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, WINTER WREN and a good FLICKER flight.
At Merrill Creek, there were reports of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Sep 21 and MISSISSIPPI KITE Sep 22. There was a good flight at Merrill Creek on the cold morning of Sep 25, with large numbers of FLICKERS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, WAXWINGS and JUNCOS, with lesser numbers of BLUEBIRDS, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, WINTER WREN, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BLUE-HEADED VIREO and BLACK-THROATED BLUE and BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS. Resident BALD EAGLES continue on the reservoir. The GREAT EGRET remains in the detention basin on 519 in Lopatcong as of Sep 25.
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