Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/27/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 27, 2007 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, SANDHILL CRANE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sightings from Brigantine NWR Sep 22-23 included 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 4 SORAS, 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, 4 HUDSONIAN GODWITS in the east pool, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS in the west pool, 30+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 10 STILT SANDPIPERS, 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 29 CASPIAN TERNS. The long-staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL continues through Sep 23, mostly seen from the gull pond tower area and the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN in the west pool was noted Sep 26.

Mannington Marsh hosted a SANDHILL CRANE, 4 COMMON MOORHENS, and 3 CLIFF SWALLOWS Sep 20.

Palmyra Cove had a LARK SPARROW adjacent to the parking lot Sep 24. Also there this week were 2 Soras.

Sandy Hook reports this week included 2 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and CASPIAN TERN at Spermaceti Cove, another AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and SORA at the salt pond, 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS along raccoon alley Sep 24, 17 species of warbler including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER at the locust grove Sep 21. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at K-lot Sep 26. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

At Cross Farm Park in Holmdel an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found Sep 21 and a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER was present there Sep 22-23 (DeLorme P. 44, E-9). At nearby Thompson Park Sep 24 a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were noted.

The highlight from the Allendale Celery Farm this week was a photo- documented SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROW Sep 21, a first record for the site and extremely rare anywhere away from the immediate coast. Also there this week were CONNECTICUT WARBLER, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and daily PURPLE FINCHES.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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