Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/4/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for September 4, 2003 with reports of SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, MARBLED GODWIT, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

A juvenile SHARP-TAILED SANDPIPER was discovered at the Johnson Sod Farm along the Salem/Cumberland County border Sep 3 and still present as of tape time. The bird was viewed from Griers Lane about one-half mile east of Rt. 77 among 50 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS. Other "grasspiper" reports from there this week included up to 40 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 1-3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 2-3 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and one AMERICAN PIPIT. Most birds have been seen along Griers and Hannans/Olivet Roads. Please use caution and courtesy when birding here: dont walk on to sod or plowed fields, park well off the road, and stay away from machinery and workers.

Brigantine NWR Aug 30-31 hosted 2,000 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, 1 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 2-3 MARBLED GODWITS, up to 7 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, 20+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 2 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS. Also there were up to 5 CASPIAN and one BLACK TERN. Most of the shorebirds are concentrated in the west pool viewed from the north dike.

Sandy Hook birds Aug 31 included a LARK SPARROW near the rusty barn and a PHILADELPHIA VIREO. The Hook had up to 16 species of WARBLER including MOURNING WARBLER and 2 WORM-EATING WARBLERS Aug 31. The salt pond at the end of the fishermans trail hosted 16 species of shorebirds including 14 RED KNOTS Sep 3 and a BAIRDS SANDPIPER Aug 31.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary Aug 29-30 had 12 species of warbler including NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and WORM-EATING WARBLER; 4 species of VIREOS including a PHILADELPHIA VIREO and several YELLOW-THROATED VIREOS; ACADIAN FLYCATCHER and WILLOW/ALDER FLYCATCHER.

The Liberty Sod Farm in Warren County had Sep 2 had 40 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, 5 BAIRDS SANDPIPERS, 10 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 8 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS. Also in Warren County Sep 1 were single AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at Leons Sod Farm in Pittstown and Great Meadows.

Reports from Liberty State Park this week included a BARN OWL hunting at dusk and an immature SORA in the salt marsh.


A rescheduled overnight pelagic trip to the Hudson Canyon is planned for Sep 7-8 for late summer seabirds including Audubons Shearwater and Bridled Tern. Cost is $119. Contact FONT at 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com for information.

A pelagic trip is scheduled for Saturday, October 25 out of Belmar, NJ, and should be visiting both New York and New Jersey waters. The trip will run from 6:00 AM to about 6:00 PM, and costs $100. Target birds at this time of year are Greater and Manx Shearwater, Fulmar, Red Phalarope, Jaegers, and numbers of Gannets. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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