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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/14/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Oct 14 with reports OF FRANKLIN'S GULLS, ROSS'S GOOSE, WESTERN TANAGER (all Review List species to be reported to the Records Committee); also CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, DICKCISSELS, and other seasonal bird and local reports.

Two FRANKLIN'S GULLS were reported at Liberty State Park in Jersey City Oct. 11. A female WESTERN TANAGER was reported October 8 in Overpeck park in the trees near the boulders. No report since; also at Overpeck this week: DICKCISSEL (banded), 100+ PALM WARBLERS, PIPIT, SNIPE and the usual SPARROWS. A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at a new site, a small pond off Rte 23, on Walker Rd. off Ryerson Rd. in the Wayne Area; the bird was present for a week with Canadas.

Birds at Sandy Hook over the weekend included a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW Oct. 10 and 11, on the asphalt path at Bayberry Beach parking lot leading to Plum Island; 2 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS Oct. 10 at Plum Island; two other CLAY-COLORS Oct. 9 and 11, one at Area G and another at the north end; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were seen near the Garden and at Area G Oct. 11 and 12 and at Area E Oct 11; a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen Oct. 9, along with RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and numbers of GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS.

Thompson Park Oct. 13 had DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, BOBOLINK and NASHVILLE WARBLER this week, and Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck Oct. 12 had CLAY-COLORED, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED sparrows. Inland reports of interest in central Jersey included a PEREGRINE over Princeton Oct 7; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Hopewell Oct 10; WILSON'S WARBLER at Mercer Co. Park West; and large flocks of SNOW GEESE at Mercer Co. Park West, at Plainsboro and in West Windsor.

Elsewhere, an early ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Sunrise Oct 11 along with 2 BALD EAGLES, lots of ACCIPITERS, 2 BLACK VULTURES and a GREAT HORNED OWL chased by crows. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Lake Musconetcong Oct 10, as well as the usual waterfowl and 60 PIED-BILLED GREBES. Chimney Rock hawk lookout to date has had 80 BALD EAGLES, 63 PEREGRINES and 265 MERLINS.

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Note: A form for reports to the Records Committee is in RECORDS OF NEW JERSEY BIRDS, Fall 1996. The Review List is included in the state list published in RECORDS in Winter 1996-97.

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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