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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, September 27, 2012 with reports of BROWN PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, COMMON GALLINULE, WILSON?S PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, WILSON?S PHALAROPE, BONAPARTE?S GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ELEGANT TERN, CASPIAN TERN, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN PIPIT, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN?S SPARROW, and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The ELEGANT TERN was last reported Sept. 22 at Sandy Hook, while two BLACK TERNS were present at the north end there the same day. A possible WILSON?S PLOVER was discovered in Long Beach Township on Long Beach Island Sept. 26 and seen on the beach near the beach access from 68th Street.
Glenhurst Meadows hosted 19 warbler species Sept. 24, plus a LINCOLN?S SPARROW and an AMERICAN PIPIT. A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was present there Sept. 25-28. A SOLITARY SANDPIPER Sept. 20 and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sept. 23 were noted at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park.
The Chimney Rock Hawkwatch tallied 1165 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS Sept. 23, while a late OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER was observed Sept. 24 there. A LINCOLN?S SPARROW was recorded at Sayre?s Farm in Morris Township Sept. 23 and a COMMON GALLINULE at Lake Musconetcong also Sept. 23.
An early GOLDEN EAGLE was discovered from Sunrise Mountain Sept. 21 and an albino/leucistic (all white) RED-TAILED HAWK was seen along Rt. 18 in Piscataway near the Rutgers Busch Campus, Sept. 20. A COMMON RAVEN was noted over Hardwick Sept. 21.
Two COMMON RAVENS were observed in the NJ Meadowlands, North Arlington, Sept. 20.
CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were recorded at Liberty SP and the Florham Park Fields along Columbia Turnpike Sept. 23 and Duke Farms Sept. 27.
Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted an early BONAPARTE?S GULL and an imm. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Sept. 23.
Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 21 hosted 17 species of shorebirds including: AMERICAN AVOCET and MARBLED GODWIT. As well as CASPIAN TERN, while a BROWN PELICAN was seen at Island Beach SP Sept. 24.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Floodgates Sept. 21.
Autumn has now returned to NJ with our favorite autumn avian friends now arriving in numbers including RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, WHITE-THROATED SPARROW, DARK-EYED JUNCO, BROWN CREEPER, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Enjoy.
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