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.
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