Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/9/2004
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 announcements.

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 locations.

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 Sept 8.

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 302-529-1876.

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.

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