Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/29/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday September 29, 2005 with reports of WHITE IBIS, EURASIAN WIGEON, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, SANDWICH TERN, SEDGE WREN, MOURNING WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An adult WHITE IBIS was a flyover at the Montclair Hawkwatch Sep 24. Two WHITE IBISES were found in the Cape May area this weekcall the CMBO Hotline for details.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered at the Allendale Celery Farm Sep 24-29, viewed from the "warden's watch." A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was observed there Sep 27 and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were found Sep 29. The most recent report of the COMMON MOORHEN was Sep 25. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was noted Sep 23.

Liberty State Park hosted an adult LARK SPARROW Sep 27, seen at the restricted area fence along Freedom Way. A BARN OWL was seen hunting over north field on the evening of Sep 25. Also at the park this week were YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WINTER WREN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and 2 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS.

The Warren Green Acres site had 13 species of warblers Sep 24 including a CONNECTICUT WARBLER, and 4 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. A SEDGE WREN was discovered there Sep 28. To look for the wren, from the parking lot take the main path to the back of the property. It will bring you to a small pond. Go left around the pond and look for the path that will take you towards the creek and a Jersey Central power line. The wren was in front of pole JC 318. Reach Warren Green Acres from Rt. 78 exit 36 and proceed south from the exit to the first left onto Mountain View Rd and less than one mile to a small parking area on the left (north) side of the road, just past the Widener Dairy Farm (DeLorme P. 31, N-16).

Sandy Hook had a good passerine flight Sep 24 with about 16 species of warblers including 2 CAPE MAY WARBLERS and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, along with 2 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, and AMERICAN PIPIT. Other reports from Sandy Hook this week included a SORA at north pond Sep 26, SANDWICH TERN at spermaceti cove Sep 23, 2 CASPIAN TERNS over Spermaceti Cove Sep 24, 2 BLACK TERNS off B-lot Sep 26, AMERICAN PIPIT at the Salt Pond Sep 25, a probable BICKNELL'S THRUSH and MOURNING WARBLER at the Garden Sep 28, NELSON'S SHARP- TAILED SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK at Gunnison Lot, and a DICKCISSEL near the Boy Scout camp Sep 25. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An AMERICAN AVOCET was found on the beach near area 8 at Island Beach State Park Sep 27.

Brigantine NWR Sep 25 hosted a BROWN PELICAN in the southeast corner of the east pool, 2 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 2 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 12+ WHITE- RUMPED SANDPIPERS, an exceptional count of 28 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 60+ PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPER, and 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS. Check the sightings log there for specific locations and daily reports.

Palmyra had 17 species of warbler Sep 24 including 5 MOURNING WARBLERS; also there were 3 PHILADELPHIA VIREOS. Three CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were noted Sep 25 and 5 MOURNING WARBLERS were found Sep 28.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found along Owassa Rd at Trout Brook WMA in Sussex County Sep 27.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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