This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, October 10, 1990, at 12:30 PM, with reports of PURPLE GALLINULE, GYRFALCON, EURASIAN WIGEON, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, GOLDEN PLOVER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, and local and seasonal reports of interest.
The immature PURPLE GALLINULE found Sept. 30 at North Pond, Sandy Hook, continues there as of Sat. Oct. 6, at the north end of the pond, where it was viewed on Sat. by a hundred people in the company of VIRGINIA RAILS, SORA RAILS and SNIPE. Unfortunately Graham-Ruddman closed the Hook late on Saturday morning to Monday. We expect it is open as of tape time. Also at the Hook this week, CLAY-COLORED and SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS, BLUE GROSBEAK at [parking area] K and at the garden; ORANGE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROW, and at least ten PEREGRINES.
Hawk totals at Raccoon Ridge Oct.5 -6 included one grey phase GYRFALCON, 18 PEREGRINES, and 8 BALD EAGLES.
An EURASIAN WIGEON was at Allendale Celery Farm Oct. 5 in the company of AMERICAN WIGEON, off the bench at the first left from the trail. An adult BALD EAGLE and a COMMON GALLINULE were reported this week from Great Swamp. At Merrill Creek Reservior Oct. 8 there were 8 COMMON LOONS, COOPERS HAWK and OSPREY. At Brigantine NWR Oct. 7, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, and GOLDEN PLOVER were all present on the north dike.
A new birding place of interest to the birding community is the new Manasquan Reservoir in Howell Township, off Interstate 195 at Rt. 9. This giant reservoir close to the Parkway and the coast may become an obligate Big Day stop. A 5-mile dike for walking runs around the reservoir. There are 2 official access parking areas, at Georgia Tavern Rd. and Windeler Rd. To get there, exit I-195 at Rt. 9 North and turn right immediately on Georgia Tavern Rd. Follow the signs to the parking access for the Manasquan Reservoir. Several birders logged good warbler totals of 18 and 20 on late Sept.-early Oct. days, and recently the reservoir has held SNOW GEESE, OSPREY, EGRETS, numerous PIED-BILLED GREBES, and a few early ducks. It is operated by the Monmouth County park system.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.