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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/26/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 26, 2002 with reports of MARBLED GODWIT, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRDS SANDPIPER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, MOURNING and CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Two MARBLED GODWITS continue at Island Beach State Park through Sept. 22 at the winter anchorage sandbars along with an AMERICAN BITTERN, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and eight CASPIAN TERNS. A LARK SPARROW was seen in front of the administration building Sept. 23 -26 and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was present for a few days near the bayside cabin. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was present Sept. 21. Reeds Road (near the northern end of the park) had fourteen species of WARBLERS Sept. 21 including a CONNECTICUT near the first split rail fence.

Reports from Brigantine NWR included a MARBLED GODWIT along the east dike Sept 21 and 23; six AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS and a BAIRDS SANDPIPER Sept. 25; and a late GULL-BILLED TERN Sept 21.

The Johnson Sod Farm hosted 24 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS along Grier Road Sept. 21.

Another MARBLED GODWIT was viewed at Wreck Pond along with eight CASPIAN TERNS Sept. 25.

Sandy Hook birds reported this week included MOURNING WARBLERS in the Locust Grove Sept. 21-22; PHILADELPHIA VIREO and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER there Sept. 22. A modest passerine flight Sept. 24 included HOODED WARBLERS, BAY-BREASTED and WILSONS WARBLERS, a flyover DICKCISSEL, and WINTER WREN. Other sightings there this week included BLUE GROSBEAK and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO and YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO.

2,500 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS were counted at the Scotts Mountain Hawkwatch Sept. 19 and a hawk flight there Sept. 23 included 900 BROAD-WINGS and 12 BALD EAGLES. Merrill Creek is now open again to the public.

Both SWAINSONS THRUSHES and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES were heard over Lopatcong on the night of Sept. 23.

Garret Mountain had PHILADELPHIA VIREOS Sept. 21-22.

Overpeck Creek Park had three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS Sept. 20.

Fall arrivals this week included DARK-EYED JUNCO at Hartshorne Woods Park Sept. 26; YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER at Island Beach Sept. 21; GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET at Lopatcong Sept. 25; and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at Thompson Park Sept. 25.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. * Documentation of Review List Species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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