This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday September 3, 2009 with reports of ROSEATE SPOONBILL, SWALLOW-
TAILED KITE, SNOWY OWL, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, LARK
SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Last week's SWALLOW-TAILED KITE at Wallkill River NWR continued this
week through Sep 1; no reports since. A RED-NECKED PHALAROPE was
detected at the Liberty Loop impoundments along with good numbers of
common shorebirds Aug 29. Also there were 200-350 BOBOLINKS.
A SNOWY OWL was photographed at Caven Point in Bayonne Aug 30 and may
represent the first summer record for the species in the state.
A possible SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen along Pleasant Plains Road in Great
Swamp NWR Aug 31-- no reports since.
The long-staying ROSEATE SPOONBILL continued at Brigantine NWR this
week, seen as recently as Sep 1; look for the bird in the Danzebaker
(east) Pool, often in association with large flocks of egrets and
ibis. Twenty-five species of shorebirds noted at Brig Aug 29-31
included AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 4+ AMERICAN AVOCETS, 3 HUDSONIAN
GODWITS, MARBLED GODWIT, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 40+ WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS, 2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 3 WILSON'S PHALAROPES.
Many shorebirds have been frequenting the north dike around the dog-
leg area. Also there this week were NORTHERN BOBWHITE, TRICOLORED
HERON, SORA, 20 CASPIAN TERNS, 6+ BLACK TERNS, a late GULL-BILLED TERN
Aug 31, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
A BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS were noted at the
Johnson Sod Farm Aug 31. At the DeLea Sod Farm off Rte 40 2 AMERICAN
GOLDEN PLOVERS were noted the same day.
Sandy Hook sightings this week were highlighted by a LARK SPARROW
along the fisherman's trail Aug 30. Possibly the same bird was
relocated near the rusty barn Aug 31. Other birds noted at the hook
were up to 11 RED KNOTS and "Western" WILLET at the tidal cut east of
the end of the Fisherman's trail, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and CANADA
WARBLER. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at
SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Along the north shore, 2 third-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were
noted at Allenhurst and an alternate-plumaged adult was found in
Asbury Park; an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found with 80+ BLACK-
BELLIED PLOVERS at the Sea Girt National Guard fields--all Aug 29. A
BLACK TERN was noted off Belmar Aug 30.
Cross Farm Park/Willow Brook Rd sod fields in Holmdel hosted an UPLAND
SANDPIPER Aug 29 and 1-3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS Aug 28-30. Two BUFF-
BREASTED SANDPIPERS were there Sep 1 (DeLorme P. 44, E-9).
Three AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were noted in sod fields along Santa Fe
Way in Cranbury Twp Sep 1-2.
Two UPLAND SANDPIPERS were found at the Mercer Sod Farm in Columbus
NJ Meadowlands birds this week included a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER at
the DeKorte Environment Center Aug 30.
At Wildcat Ridge Hawkwatch 28 COMMON NIGHTHAWKS were tallied Aug 30.
Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and OLIVE-
SIDED FLYCATCHER Aug 31.
Garret Mountain and Flat Rock Brook Preserve both had 11 species of
warbler Aug 30-31 including BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, CANADA WARBLER, and
Sandy Hook has no summer entrance fee for birding as long as you park
in designated lots. Tell the toll attendant "you are birding and not
parking in beach access lots." This allows you to park at the Visitor
Center, Horseshoe Cove, Scout Camp, all Fort Hancock lots, K-lot, and
SHBO. Fees are not charged before 7 am and after 5 pm. If you arrive
before 7 am an attendant at the Ranger Station will give you a pass
that allows you free access to all parking areas. Note that with
summer beach traffic and the reconstruction of the Sea Bright-
Highlands Bridge it is advisable to arrive and leave early in order to
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email
sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please
submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or
written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14
Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and
thanks for reporting.