This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Oct. 14, 1992, at 1:30 pm, with reports of BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, LECONTE'S, CLAY-COLORED and OTHER SPARROWS, DICKCISSEL, LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, TURKEY, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, MOURNING WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK was reported on Pleasant Plains Rd. in Great Swamp Oct. 10, not reported since. Other species there during the week include a CHAT on Meyersville Rd. and a possible GOLDEN EAGLE over Basking Ridge. The following birds were seen at Overpeck Park, Ridgefield Park off Rt. 46, this week: LECONTE'S SPARROW, ten species of sparrow overall including LINCOLN'S, VESPER, & SHARP-TAIL as well as DICKCISSEL, all 3 Accipiters, MERLIN, and SNIPE. Exit Rt. 46 at Challenger Blvd., follow the signs to the Theatres, go left to the end of the road and park.
On Raritan Bay, a LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER was at the mouth of Matawan Creek on the west side of Keyport Harbor Oct. 7, on a field accessible from Beach Drive. Nearby at Cliffwood Beach there were 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on the beachfront the same day. At Thompson Park, Lincroft, Monmouth Co., on Rt. 520, there was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct. 12 and 13, and there was a BLUE GROSBEAK Oct. 13, as well as a Sora Oct. 9 in a small pond beside Rt. 520. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was in Dayton, Middlesex Co., Oct. 10.
In Lumberton, Burlington Co., on Bellow? Rd., Oct. 11, TURKEYS were seen, and at Indian Mills Lake Oct. 11 there were 5 LESSER GOLDEN PLOVERS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and DUNLIN. In Monmouth Co., in Morganville on Wooleytown? Rd., there was a PEREGRINE Oct. 7. At Dark Brook Park in Colts Neck, also in Monmouth Co., there was a MOURNING WARBLER Oct. 7 in a sparrow field there.
In Morris Co., in the sparrow fields in Denville, Oct. 10, there were WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, among others, and numbers of MYRTLE and PALM WARBLERS, along with up to 75 WATER PIPITS in the plowed farm fields on Bush Rd.
In the field at the end of Pleasant Valley Way in Lyons, Somerset Co., part of Basking Ridge, Oct. 12, there were LINCOLN'S and many other sparrows, a calling E. SCREECH OWL in daylight, large numbers of PALM WARBLERS, and many other species of landbirds. Lake Parsippany in Morris Co., off Rt. I-287, on Sunday Oct. 11, had GREAT and DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, PIED BILLED GREBE,. RUDDY DUCK, and COOT.
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.