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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/11/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Friday, Oct. 11, 1995, at 3:30 PM, with reports of FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN WHEATEAR, EUROPEAN KESTREL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LECONTE'S SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, YELLOW RAIL, DICKCISSEL, seasonal reports and three important announcements following the report.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was at Brigantine NWR near the boat house on Oct. 8, not relocated on Oct. 9.

A NORTHERN WHEATEAR was at North Wildwood Oct. 6, 7 and 8. Take exit 6 from the Garden State Parkway to Route 147. Cross the new bridge, take the jughandle at the first light to Ocean Drive, go 200 feet and make a left. Go to the end and look around Al's Seafood.

A EUROPEAN KESTREL was reported independently on Sept. 29 at Overpeck by a single observer; and on Oct. 6 and 7 by 5 observers at Chimney Rock Hawkwatch in Somerset Co., where the bird was observed in a scope. The bird was not present Sunday, Oct. 8. Observers please submit details.

Overpeck Park was a hot spot this week. On Oct. 9, Overpeck had WESTERN KINGBIRD, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW and hundreds of PALM WARBLERS and SAVANNAH SPARROWS. On Oct. 10, Overpeck had LECONTE'S SPARROW, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, a YELLOW RAIL on the road, DICKCISSEL, GOSHAWK, AMERICAN BITTERN, also a bird identified as an Acadian SHARP-TAILED SPARROW.

Brigantine had MARBLED GODWIT during the week. A STILT SANDPIPER was at Swimming River Reservoir off Long Bridge Rd. in Colt's Neck on Oct. 10. Thompson Park in Lincroft had DICKCISSEL and LINCOLN'S SPARROW this week Oct. 8; Dorbrook Park had 2 DICKCISSELS on Oct. 9. The Warren Green Acres park on Mountain Ave. had CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS on Oct. 9.

Chimney Rock on Oct. 9 had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and GOSHAWK. Merrill Creek on Oct. 8 had BALD EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and PEREGRINE, as well as 20 EVENING GROSBEAKS, HORNED GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. FOX SPARROW was at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary Oct. 10-11. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES are everywhere, even in phragmites; also BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and even WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, both of which appear to be staging a flight.

Now the announcements.

Please continue to call President Clinton at the White House comment line, weekdays 9-5, (202) 456-1111 and ask him to veto the interior appropriations bill which cuts funding for habitat and cuts 38% of the Endangered Species budget. Or fax him at (202) 456-2883 or send him email at president@whitehouse.gov; thanks for your help.

Secondly, of the three ENDANGERED SPECIES Bills, the Gilchrest Bill, HR 2374, appears to be the strongest. Urge your House member to keep the Act strong.

Third, the hearing on endangered species at the Alpha Grasslands will be held Tuesday, Oct. 17, at the Municipal Building at Pohatcong Township, on Municipal Drive, south of Interstate 78 off Route 519 at 7:30 PM. Birders who love Oberly Road will want to attend.

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. 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.

 
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