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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 30, 2010 with reports of HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Highlights from Brigantine NWR this week included 30+ LITTLE BLUE HERONS and TRICOLORED HERON at Jen's Pond, 5 SORAS along the south dike, 5-10 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 2 MARBLED GODWITS, and 10 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS near the dog-leg, all Sep 29. Two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS were in the northwest pool Sep 27. A juvenile LITTLE GULL was photographed along the north dike Sep 26. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was reported near the Leeds Eco-Trail the same day. An AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 STILT SANDPIPERS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and a WILSON'S PHALAROPE were found at Brig Sep 25. One to two female/immature-type YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS continue with the roving Red-winged Blackbird flock around the dikes through Sep 29.
Great Bay Blvd WMA in Tuckerton hosted 3 BROWN PELICANS, 10 SALTMARSH SPARROWS and NELSON'S SPARROW Sep 29.
Island Beach State Park's winter anchorage sandbars held 4 MARBLED GODWITS and 6 CASPIAN TERNS Sep 25 and a belated report of a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE at "little bay" Sep 10.
The East Coast Sod Farm near the intersection of Rte 40 and Pointers-Auburn Rd in Salem County had 9 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS and 3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Sep 28.
A CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected at Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan Sep 25.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included NELSON'S SPARROW and SALTMARSH SPARROW at Plum Island, WILSON'S WARBLER, 2 flyover DICKCISSELS and LINCOLN'S SPARROW behind the marine labs, all Sep 26. Single CONNECTICUT WARBLERS were found near the trail to the locust grove Sep 24 and north of the officer's club Sep 29. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A BROWN PELICAN was viewed from a boat 2 miles off Monmouth Beach Sep 29.
Overpeck County Park had 15 species of warblers Sep 26 including NASHVILLE WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. Also there was RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 6+ LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and BLUE GROSBEAK.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren continues to host multiple RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER and LINCOLN'S SPARROW were detected there Sep 26.
Spruce Run Reservoir reports Sep 27 were of BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 3 STILT SANDPIPERS, and 2 BONAPARTE'S GULLS.
Reports from Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch/Merrill Creek Reservoir this week included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and immature LAUGHING GULL Sep 29; a COMMON NIGHTHAWK, 22 OSPREYS, 965 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, and PURPLE FINCH Sep 26.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Alumni Field/Sandbar Park in Hackettstown Sep 26.
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