Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/3/2009
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 Sep 2.

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 BLUE-WINGED WARBLER.


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 avoid delays.

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.

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