Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/10/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Oct 10 with reports of Review List SABINE'S GULL, WESTERN TANAGER, LECONTE'S SPARROW, HENSLOW'S SPARROW and reports of seasonal and local interest.

A juvenile SABINE'S GULL has been present Oct 8, 9 and 10 at Merrill Creek Reservoir, sometimes by itself, sometimes with RING-BILLS, especially near the LOONS, wherever they happen to be. Reach Merrill Creek from 78, 519 and Fox Farm Road or from 57 via Montana Road. The two reservoir parking lots on Fox Farm Road are the cell tower parking lot next to the cornfield, giving access to the west shore (good light in p.m.), and the parking lot at the outlet tower where the hawk watch is currently located (light bad in a.m. and p.m.).

Two other parking lots are off Richline Road, reachable from both Fox Farm and Montana roads: the nature center parking lot, giving access to the blind on the shoreline (good light a.m.), and the boat launch parking lot (good light a.m.). If the bird is out of sight, don't give up! It took the finder two hours to re-locate the bird the first day! There are two coves on the left shore as you look from the outlet tower, the cove with the blind and the boat launch cove; if the bird is in those (and it was the first day), it can't be seen from the outlet tower parking lot.

A WESTERN TANAGER was found Sat Oct 7 at the north end of Sandy Hook; though not found Sun Oct 8, it was re-found at noon Oct 9 in the same small area from the Locust Grove, to the hawk watch platform to the Fishermen's Path entrance, and seen sevral times up to about 3:45 p.m. Also at the Hook this week was a LECONTE'S SPARROW in the overgrown field west of G lot.

Other birds at Sandy Hook Oct 7-9 were CLAY-COLORED, VESPER and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS among the foundations north of I Lot and North pavilion; YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS at E lot and the hawk platform; NELSON'S SHARP-TAILS at Plum Island; and lots of KINGLETS, SAPSUCKERS, WHITE-CROWNS, HERMIT THRUSH and other seasonal migrants.

A LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen in the central hedgerow at Higbee Beach in Cape May on Oct 7.

A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was at the entrance to the Hack. Meadows Env. Center boardwalk in Lyndhurst with other sparrows Oct 6 and a CONNECTICUT WARBLER was nearby at the entrance to the Transco Trail the same day.

If you find a loose MACAW in the Morris Co. area, please call the owner at 973-633-1069. Thanks.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fAX 908-766-7775.

* REVIEW LIST DOCUMENTATION GOES TO NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540-. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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