Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/28/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 28, 2006 with reports of GRAY KINGBIRD, BLACK- THROATED GRAY WARBLER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, and seasonal/local reports of interest.

A BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was photographed in an Oakland (Bergen County) backyard Sep 25, but not seen since. (The news just reached us today).

A GRAY KINGBIRD was discovered at Sandy Hook's salt pond Sep 23; despite much searching the bird was not present the following day. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at the salt pond Sep 22. Twenty-one species of warbler were noted at the hook that day, including a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER at the locust grove, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER near the garden, 5 TENNESSEE WARBLERS, 3 CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and 2 BAY- BREASTED WARBLERS. Other migrants Sep 22 were 3 BLACK-BILLED CUCKOOS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, 2 GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSHES, 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was present Sep 22-23 around the K-lot/garden area and a GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH was found at the garden Sep 23. A juvenile YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, CASPIAN TERN, and 56 ROYAL TERNS were found at Spermaceti Cove Sep 25. Up to 5 juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted near the end of the fisherman's trail that day. Also noted Sep 25-27 were juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, AMERICAN PIPIT, TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, BAY-BREASTED WARBLER, and DICKCISSEL and BLUE GROSBEAK at Gunnison lot. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Birds found at Island Beach State Park this week were 24 BROWN PELICANS near Barnegat Inlet, an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER at Horsefoot Cove, and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW near parking area A-15.

Assunpink WMA continued to have a mixed-species warbler flock around the pine grove near the boat launch Sep 23 including TENNESSEE WARBLER, 4+ NORTHERN PARULAS, 3+ MAGNOLIA WARBLERS, 4+ CAPE MAY WARBLERS, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER.

Palmyra Cove Nature Park Sep 23 hosted PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY- CHEEKED THRUSH, and 20 species of warbler including TENNESSEE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and CONNECTICUT WARBLER. Large numbers of more common neotropic migrants were found there as well. Single Connecticut and HOODED WARBLERS were found there Sep 27.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was noted at Mills Reservation Sep 22 near the hawkwatch site.

A first-winter LARK SPARROW was discovered at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City Sep 23-25, near the northwestern edge of the parking lot closest to the golf course. Liberty State Park sightings this week were YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and 5 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Sep 22, MOURNING WARBLER, 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and 3 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS Sep 25, VESPER SPARROW and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW Sep 27.

Celery Farm reports this week included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4 NASHVILLE WARBLERS and HOODED WARBLER among 13 species of warblers, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Garret Mountain Reservation had 12 species of warbler this week including 15+ BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER. Also there were GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and LINCOLN'S SPARROW.

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 (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore La, Skillman NJ, 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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