Date: Sun, 16 Sep 2001 22:44:09 -0400
From: Laurie Larson
Subject: Northern Wheatear, Warren Co., NJ
Wheatears often are one-day birds, but a few have stayed longer in the state. Here's a report sent to me this evening. If you go, please heed the advice and get appropriate permission to access this farm.
Also, I received no positive report of the Pacific Golden Plover over the weekend; Sandy Sherman posted on Jerseybirds that her party looked for it unsuccessfully on Sunday.
"At 2 pm Sunday we had a N. Wheatear at Great Meadows sod farms; a very buffy bird identical to the picture of the 1st winter/adult nonbreeding female in the Sibley book. Best to follow the directions on page 67 of the Boyle book to Liberty Sod Farms on Shades Rd. A dirt road perpendicular to Shades Rd. goes out through the center of the sod fields, cutting diagonally right about a quarter mile out. About 200 yds. beyond the right hand cut is a road to the left that goes toward a white metal barn. Stop before the left turn and look in the ditch on the right side of the road. The bird was in and out of the ditch all along this area for about an hour while we watched it. It never went into the open fields but was easy to see as it worked the edges of the ditch. Note: The farms are worked during the week, and although birders are usually tolerated, a large number of cars might cause problems. Best to stop at the Liberty office.
"Alan Boyd, Sandy McPhail, Dennis Briede."