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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/27/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thurs Sept 27 with reports of Review List N. WHEATEAR and reports of AVOCET, various SHOREBIRDS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, MARBLED GODWITS, LARK SPARROWS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, BROWN PELICAN, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, AM. BITTERN, PINE SISKIN and seasonal arrivals and local reports.

The N. WHEATEAR was still present at Liberty Sod Farms on Shades Road, Great Meadows, Warren County at 6 p.m. on Fri, Sept 21. It was not seen by some 20 observers up to 1:00 p.m. Sat, Sept 22, and no further sightings were reported thereafter. Six days is not bad for what is often a 45 minute bird! Consolation birds at the Great Meadows sod farms that day included AM. PIPITS, 4 AM. GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and one SNIPE.

Brig Sept 23 held 2 AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, MARBLED GODWITS, AM. GOLDEN-PLOVER, 3 BUFF-BREASTS, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER. Also there, some SNOW GEESE, lots of HERONS and some 20 CASPIAN TERNS.

Island Beach Sept 21 had BROWN PELICAN, AM. BITTERN, MARBLED GODWIT and CASPIAN TERN. Park at A-21 to view the bay and the Sedge Islands.

Sandy Hook Sept 22 had about 13 WARBLERS including several Cape Mays at the entrance to the Fisherman's path from Parking Lot K, and a LARK SPARROW at the garden (seen after 3 p.m.). There were a nice list of SHOREBIRDS in the p.m. at the right salt pond north of Parking Lot K at the end of the Fisherman's path, including one HUDSONIAN GODWIT, 3 AM. GOLDEN PLOVER, 1 BAIRD'S and 3 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS; these SHOREBIRDS were not present the day before and after, so they change every day at the pond! Note: the Coast Guard has closed access to the left salt pond; the right pond can be visited. Also, two CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were found "in the fields to the right of Parking Lot K"; probably these are the fields between Lot J and the North Beach Pavilion.

Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (1 ad, 3 imm) are at the heronry on Pleasant Plains Road as of Sept 23-24.

A PINE SISKIN was at a feeder in Summit Sept 26.

A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was among the birds seen at the Wallkill Refuge Visitor Center in Sussex.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentatation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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