Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/5/2002
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.

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