This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 4, at noon, with reports of BROWN PELICAN, MARBLED GODWIT, BAIRD'S and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, seasonal FLYCATCHER and WARBLER reports, LARK SPARROW, BLACK TERN, CASPIAN TERN, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and local reports.
BROWN PELICANS were reported this week from Barnegat Inlet, Tuckerton, and Hereford Inlet. At Hereford Inlet there were 30 PELICANS along with BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, a flock of WESTERN SANDPIPERS and 40 CASPIAN TERNS. A similar number of CASPIAN TERNS has been present recently at Brigantine NWR.
In Cape May, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE was at S. Cape May Meadows Sept. 4; a GREAT CORMORANT was on the bunker at Cape May Point (State Park) Sept. 4, A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Higbee Beach Sept. 2, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER and PHILADELPHIA VIREO were at Higbee Sept. 3, a LARK SPARROW was at the Cold Spring Campground Sept. 1; and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the Higbee impoundment Sept. 1.
At Sandy Hook Sept. 2, two MARBLED GODWITS and a WHIMBREL were on the sandspit at Spermaceti Cove opposite the Visitor's Center.
Reports from the sod farms this weekend were as follows: on Gordon Rd off Rt. 539 in New Sharon, there were BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and 5 GOLDEN PLOVER Sept. 2-3. at the Dayton sod farm [actually a sand mine] there was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER on Sept. 2. At the Columbus sod farm on Rt. 206 there were 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS Sept. 2 and at the Allentown sod farm east of Allentown from Rt. 539 on Rt. 526, there were 4 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, 14 GOLDEN PLOVER, and one WHIMBREL on Sept. 3.
At Great Meadows, 10 GOLDEN PLOVERS were present Sept. 2; at AT&T Bell Labs in Holmdel, a BLACK TERN has been present since Friday Aug. 30 to at least Sept. 3 on the front pond. At Spruce Run Res. at the Mulhockaway Creek mouth, there were 9 species of shorebirds including one BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and one LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER. At Spruce Run outlet on Van Sickle Ave., both WILSON'S PHALAROPE and BAIRDS SANDPIPER were reported last week. 18 species of warblers were recorded in Palmyra Sept. 1-2, including MOURNING WARBLER and WILSON'S WARBLER.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.