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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.