This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday, September 5, 2002 with reports of AMERICAN
AVOCET, BLACK-NECKED STILT, BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, OLIVE-SIDED and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, MOURNING and CONNECTICUT
WARBLERS, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The Johnson Sod Farm on the Salem/Cumberland County border
(DeLorme P. 62, K1) hosted two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS
Aug 29, one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and 83 AMERICAN GOLDEN
PLOVER Sept 4. Another BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the nearby
Delea Sod Farm along Rte. 40 two miles west of Richman's
Ice Cream in Sharptown Sept 4. Four BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPERS and 48 AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS were at Delea
Sod Farm Sept. 5. Also in Salem County at Mannington Marsh
that day were numbers of CATTLE EGRET, eight COMMON
MOORHENS, five LITTLE BLUE HERONS, and two BALD EAGLES.
Sandy Hook continued to host a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER through
Sept 1; and a fly-over BLACK-NECKED STILT was reported
from near Horseshoe Cove Sept 4. The salt pond at the end
of the fisherman's trail held 17 other species of
shorebirds this week including WHIMBREL and WHITE-RUMPED
SANDPIPERS. Highlights among the nineteen species of
WARBLER at the hook this week were a MOURNING WARBLER
north of the rusty barn Sept 4, a CONNECTICUT WARBLER In
the bowl Sept 5, and two YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS Sept. 4.
Two OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHERS were found Sept 4 and
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS have been daily since Sept 1.
WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS continue to be seen off SHBO's
front porch and from the end of the Fisherman's Trail,
with a high count of 12 there Sept 1. Other hook birds
this week were a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Aug 30, three
MERLINS and a COMMON NIGHTHAWK Sept 4.
Reports from Brigantine NWR included an AMERICAN AVOCET, 3
AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVERS, and an early DUNLIN Sept 1 and 18
TRICOLORED HERONS Sept 2.
Garret Mountain had twelve species of warbler Aug 31
including NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN, WILSON'S WARBLER and CANADA WARBLER.
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER was also on the pond.
A YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER was seen in Overpeck Park in
Ridgefield Park off Challenger Blvd. Sept 2.
A large flight of COMMON NIGHTHAWKS was noted over Newton
Aug 30 and 47 birds were counted over Tenafly Sept 4.
Specific directions to many of the birding sites mentioned
above can be found in the new edition of A GUIDE TO BIRD
FINDING IN NEW JERSEY by William J. Boyle, Jr. available
at NJ Audubon Bookstores.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in
NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500.
Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird
Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane Skillman, NJ 08850.
This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.