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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday September 29, 2011 with reports of TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, WHITE IBIS, MISSISSIPPI KITE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was discovered at Sandy Hook Sep 28. The bird was found in the shrub thickets along the fisherman's trail about half way between the hawk watch and the open beach. Three MISSISSIPPI KITES were seen flying low over K-lot heading south Sep 29. A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER spent Sep 24-26 at the tidal pool at the end of the fisherman's trail. An early SHORT-EARED OWL was detected along the fisherman's trail Sep 29. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was present Sep 25-29 with Field Sparrows around K-lot. A LARK SPARROW was along the fisherman's trail Sep 25 and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was in the field at K-lot the same day.
Other birds found at the Hook this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN at the salt pond, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, SORA, and NELSON'S SPARROW at Plum Island, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at the ephemeral pool at the south end of K-lot, an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER along the road to nowhere Sep 25, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, TENNESSEE WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER Sep 28, 3 MOURNING WARBLERS around the hawkwatch/north pond area Sep 29, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Sep 25, and a DICKCISSEL at K-lot Sep 29. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week included the continuing juvenile WHITE IBIS in the northwest pool through Sep 26, two AMERICAN AVOCETS at the southeast corner of the east pool, 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS in the east pool through Sep 28, up to 9 BLACK TERNS, and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS in the RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD flocks. Other birds noted at Brig this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, up to 3 Soras in the southwest pool, 6 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, a first-year BONAPARTE'S GULL, 6 CASPIAN TERNS, and a DICKCISSEL along the south dike.
Five AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were found at the Herbert Rd sod fields near Assunpink Sep 24.
A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was noted at Loantaka Brook Reservation in Morris Twp Sep 25.
Flat Rock Brook Preserve in Englewood Cliffs hosted GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Sep 26.
A SORA was noted at Mill Creek Point in the NJ Meadowlands Sep 26.
Nine AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted in a field off Weston Cross Way (between Weston Canal Rd and CR 533 in Somerset County Sep 28.
Riverwinds in Gloucester County Sep 25 had WINTER WREN, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and WILSON'S WARBLER.
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