Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/1/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 30 with reports of FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, MISSISSIPPI KITE, PURPLE GALLINULE, SANDHILL CRANE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal reports, hawk lookouts and local items of interest.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER and a MISSISSIPPI KITE passed Cape May Sept. 28, not seen again. A PURPLE GALLINULE was at Brigantine NWR Sept. 27 and 28 at the Lily Pond on the left side of the entrance (where they've been before). Also at Brig Sept. 25-26, BALD EAGLE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, GOLDEN PLOVER, AMERICAN BITTERN.

A SANDHILL CRANE was harrassed by two BALD EAGLES over the Montclair Hawkwatch Tue Sept. 29. GOLDEN PLOVER were at the Harmony Ponds Sept. 28. An early light phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Merrill Creek this week. Stone Harbor Sept. 26 had CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and BROWN PELICAN. A LARK SPARROW was at Thompson Park Sept. 29 in the soybean field before the pond on the right of the driveway with many sparrows.

Sandy Hook was good all week: Sept. 24, OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER at Spermaceti boardwalk and DICKCISSEL and juv GOSHAWK at the north end; Sept. 26, 27, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS in NW corner of Lot E, BLUE GROSBEAK at Spermaceti, 4 GOLDEN PLOVER at Spermaceti with 25 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER on thre Maintenance Road at Brookdale; Sept. 28, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Gunnison; Sep 29, WESTERN KINGBIRD at Horseshoe Cove, CONNECTICUT WARBLER and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Locust Grove along with all 6 VIREOS and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and also RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and SAPSUCKER, and DICKCISSELS several days.

Wildcat Ridge hawk Lookout reports 11,500 BROADWINGS and 64 EAGLES as of Sept. 27; Stateline (the revived watch in Alpine, NJ) reports 4,500 BROADWINGS and 23 EAGLES as of Sept. 27; Chimney Rock reports 55 EAGLES and 8,995 BROADWINGS as of Sept. 27 and 5700 BROADWINGS Sept. 23-29.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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