Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/29/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Sept 29 with reports of yearbird goodies like CONNECTICUT WARBLER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WARBLER flights, local reports and seasonal reports of interest.

As of tape time there were no reports of any additional hurricane fallout. The NORTHERN WHEATEAR in Hunterdon County was not reported again. The flats at the Mulhockaway end of Spruce Run were covered by Hurricane Floyd; there is still some flat exposed at Spruce Run at Rte. 31.

About 16 WARBLER species were at Sandy Hook Sept 25, including CONNECTICUT WARBLER near the Hawk Platform. The Hook had 3 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS: one at "E" parking lot, one at the rusty barn in the vines and one at "I" parking lot near the North Beach Pavilion. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Garden Sept 26 and also on the 26th, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was along the fence at the Coast Guard houses. Late on the 25th, a DICKCISSEL and a LARK SPARROW were found in "I" lot near the Pavilion; both birds were there Sept 27, on the fence at the walkway to the Pavilion. Another DICKCISSEL was at the Hawk Platform Sept 27 and a BLUE GROSBEAK was behind the Howard labs the same day. A LARK SPARROW was there near the weather station fence Sept. 26. Both DICKCISSELS were present Sept 28 in the same locations. A SHORT-EARED OWL was also reported during last week between lots "B" and "C"; not seen Sept 25-26.

Great Swamp Sept 26 had RED-HEADED WOODPECKER on Pleasant Plains Road; lots of WILD TURKEYS; a late YELLOW WARBLER; a MERLIN; 3 AMERICAN PIPITS; and two very early RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was at Overpeck Sept 26 near the former banding lane. Another was at Brigantine Sept 23.

Palmyra had 12 WARBLER species Sept 25 and several CASPIAN TERNS as well.

Note that the parking lots at Island Beach State Park for Spizzle Creek trail and the bird blind are "A-19" and "A-20." The LARK SPARROW and the 12 MARBLED GODWITS were still there late last week, but there were no reports received from this past weekend.

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. Documentation of rarities goes to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton 08540. Watch for an address change for NJBRC in the near future. It will appear here. Thanks for reporting and good birding.

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