This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday September 9, 2004 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, WILSON'S
PHALAROPE, BLACK TERN, seasonal and local reports of interest and
Birds noted at Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge (Forsythe) Sep 4
included the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SORA, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN
GOLDEN-PLOVER, 11 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, 20+ CASPIAN TERNS (all in the west
pool), AMERICAN AVOCET and WILSON'S PHALAROPE (east pool), and a LARK
SPARROW. One to two BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were found at the dogleg
Sep 3 & 8 and a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was there Sep 2. A RUFF was noted
Sept 2 but no reports since. Check the sightings log for specific
The Johnson Sod Farm along the Cumberland/Salem County border continued
to host 'grasspipers' this week with up to 3 UPLAND SANDPIPERS, 1-2
BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS, and 8 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS along Grier's
Lane. The DeLay Sod Farm along Rte 40 near the intersection of Forest
Lane had 1-2 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS and 5 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Sep 4-5.
Three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were reported on sod fields near the
Salem County Fairgrounds along with a VESPER SPARROW Sep 5.
Sandy Hook's salt pond had 2-3 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS Sep 5-9 and 2 BLACK
TERNS were off north beach the same days. A JAEGER sp. was glimpsed off
north beach Sep 6. Six BROWN PELICANS were flybys on the ocean side off
Lot D Sep 4. Passerine migrants at the Hook this week included
YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and an OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER in Raccoon
Alley Sep 6. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at
SHBO. Check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Spruce Run Reservoir had 13 species of shorebirds Sep 4 including STILT
SANDPIPER, 2 BAIRD'S SANDPIPERS, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Most of
the birds are at the Mulhockaway Creek end of the reservoir. Round
Valley Reservoir had an immature GREAT CORMORANT at the swimming area
Warren County reports this week were of 2 CASPIAN TERNS at Merrill
Creek Reservoir and 69 raptors including 10 BALD EAGLES over the
Merrill Creek/Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch Sep 6. A BUFF-BREASTED
SANDPIPER was noted at the Liberty Sod Farms in Great Meadows Sep 5.
New Jersey Audubon Society's newest conservation initiative, the
Important Bird and Birding Areas Program, is taking flight this Sunday,
September 12, 2004 at Cattus Island County Park in Toms River. The
day's events will feature field trips highlighting the avian
significance of Barnegat Bay, talks on how to get involved with the
IBBA initiative, and guest speakers including CMBO's Pete Dunne and
Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Manager Steve Atzert. Free, but
please pre-register at 609-897-9400 or Plainsboro@njaudubon.org
Sod Farms mentioned in this report are private property; birders are
urged to behave accordingly to ensure good relations with their owners.
Stay on public roads and out of the way of workers and equipment.
Space remains on a late-summer overnight pelagic birding trip to the
Hudson Canyon from Barnegat Light, New Jersey, Saturday/Sunday,
September 11/12 for more info contact focusonnature.com or phone
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 New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Thank you for reporting and good birding.