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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/7/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, September 7, 2006 with reports of WILSON'S STORM-PETREL, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT- HERON, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PIPING PLOVER, AMERICAN AVOCET, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, MARBLED GODWIT, RED KNOT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, POMARINE JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, GULL-BILLED TERN, CASPIAN TERN, SANDWICH TERN, ROSEATE TERN, BRIDLED TERN, SOOTY TERN, BLACK TERN, EURASIAN COLLARED- DOVE, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, HORNED LARK, NORTHERN WHEATEAR, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, CAPE MAY WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, MOURNING WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, DICKCISSEL and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Ernesto dominates this week's report as we borrow a term from the Weather Channel as we feature Storm Stories. Sunset Beach in Cape May was the place to be on September 2 as the storm crossed New Jersey with the following sightings: 5 WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS, 5 BROWN PELICANS, 262 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, 32 POMARINE JAEGERS, 10 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 3 LONG-TAILED JAEGERS, one SANDWICH TERN, one ROSEATE TERN, one ARCTIC TERN, 12 BRIDLED TERNS, and 11 SOOTY TERNS.

A SOOTY TERN discovered at Spruce Run Reservoir on Sept. 2 and a BRIDLED TERN and four RED-NECKED PHALAROPES at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch were also tallied during the storm. Other storm related reports included Spruce Run hosting seven BLACK TERNS and a CASPIAN TERN, four BLACK TERNS from the Calhoun Bridge in Trenton and 33 BLACK TERNS and three CASPIAN TERNS from Palmyra Cove.

Sandy Hook had its fair share of storm related birds Sept. 2 including: 13 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 12 ROSEATE TERNS, 4 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, a BLACK TERN, and a YELLOW- CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, while a PARASITIC JAEGER was observed at South Amboy. Two WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were recorded off Seaside Park on the bayside during Ernesto.

Reports from Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR were of large numbers of birds in the impoundments during the storm Sept. 2 with highlights including:13 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES, two WILSON'S PHALAROPES, 20+ CASPIAN TERNS, five BLACK TERNS, two MARBLED GODWITS and quite unusual for Brig a BROWN PELICAN.

The Johnson Sod Farm near Pole Tavern in Cumberland County had a fair share of storm birds Sept. 2 with a few BLACK TERNS, several AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, six BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and two RED-NECKED PHALAROPES.

Lost in the excitement of Ernesto was an August 31 sighting of a NORTHERN WHEATEAR in the Bridgewater Promenade shopping center. The bird was discovered at 4:00 p.m. and not seen again. An EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was reported from the hawkwatch in Cape May Point Sept. 4.

Post Ernesto Sandy Hook birds include Sept. 3: two AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVERS, six PIPING PLOVERS, two RED KNOTS, 25+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, 10+ STILT SANDPIPERS, two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, five BLACK TERNS, a DICKCISSEL, three PHILADELPHIA VIREOS and a JAEGER (sp.); Sept. 4: 18 species of warblers, two YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, four PHILADELPHIA VIREOS, a MOURNING WARBLER, 3+ BLACK TERNS and 5+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS; Sept. 5: a CONNECTICUT WARBLER, a BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER and two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS; and Sept. 7: 19 species of warblers including a MOURNING WARBLER, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and CAPE MAY WARBLER.

Three BROWN PELICANS Sept. 3 at Island Beach SP became 50+ Sept. 6 along with a MARBLED GODWIT. The Cross Sod Farm in Holmdel Sept. 2 hosted two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and Assunpink WMA five BLACK TERNS and two AMERICAN BITTERNS Sept. 3.

Brig Sept. 3 featured excellent birding with the following: four COMMON MOORHEN, one AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, one AMERICAN AVOCET, 10+ WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 20+ WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, one BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, one MARBLED GODWIT, six STILT SANDPIPERS, one BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPER, seven LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, three CASPIAN TERNS, 7 to 9 BLACK TERNS, and one GULL-BILLED TERN. Sept. 4 many of the previous day's birds had departed with the following report of seven WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, one WESTERN SANDPIPER, one each of BLACK TERN, LEAST TERN, CASPIAN TERN and GULL-BILLED TERNS.

The DeLea Sod Farm on Rt. 40 in Woodstown hosted four BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS Sept. 3, while the Johnson Sod Farm recorded three more plus two BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, 12+ AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS, and a few HORNED LARKS.

Twenty species of warblers were tallied at Palmyra Cove Nature Park Sept. 5 including an amazing three GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS, two MOURNING WARBLERS and a CAPE MAY WARBLER, while Rancocas Woods Sept. 4 had 14 warbler species including a MOURNING WARBLER.

The Allendale Celery Farm featured Sept. 3 a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE, and a YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER; Sept. 4 a PHILADELPHIA VIREO; Sept. 6 an AMERICAN BITTERN and 13 species of warblers including a YELLOW- BREASTED CHAT. Garret Mountain Res. in West Paterson hosted a CONNECTICUT WARBLER Sept. 6.

August 31 the Liberty Loop at the Wallkill River NWR featured a LEAST BITTERN and a TENNESSEE WARBLER, while two STILT SANDPIPERS and five WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS were present there Sept. 3.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted two BLACK TERNS Sept. 1 and nine Sept. 3 along with a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER also Sept. 3. Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuaries in Bernardsville recorded a PHILADELPHIA VIREO Sept. 4 and Spruce Run Reservoir one Sept. 7.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. 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 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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