This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Oct. 17, 1990, at 3 PM, with reports of WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SAY'S PHOEBE, PURPLE GALLINULE, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, DICKCISSEL, GOLDEN PLOVER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE of the Greenland race appeared Oct. 15 with CANADA GEESE in the pond at Bryant Park, between Springfield and Summit. Reach it from old Rt. 24, probably called Broad or Morris St. at that point.
A SAY'S PHOEBE was at Island Beach State Park in the maintenance area Sunday Oct. 14, but has not been seen since.
A male BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER was in Cape May Point State Park at the hawk watch Oct. 16; also in Cape May, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS near the concrete ship; and at Higbee Oct. 16 were RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, DICKCISSEL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.
Another WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in Oakland, Bergen County, Oct. 14 on private property but the bird was thought to be gone at tape time.
At the Cape May hawk watch 5 BALD and 1 GOLDEN EAGLES were talllied Oct. 16 and a GOSHAWK on Oct. 15. GOSHAWK was also seen on Tuesday at Island Beach. Chimney Rock in Somerset County had 5 BLACK VULTURES this week.
At Mannington Marsh Oct. 13 there were 28 GOLDEN PLOVERS between the Rt. 540 causeway and Sunset Drive. At Sandy Hook the immature PURPLE GALLINULE continues at the north end, north pond. Sometimes the bird is hidden in the reeds for several hours at a time, but is often visible (especially in the early morning) in the same 30-40 foot strip at the north end.
Pedricktown spoil banks this week had WHITE-CROWNED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, and Sharptown, Featherbed lane, had 200 SAVANNAH SPARROWS in one day. PEREGRINES this week were widely reported from Sandy Hook, Island Beach, Brigantine and Cape May. 3 CASPIAN TERNS were on the Manasquan Reservoir during the week. 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were caching acorns in Rahway River Park, Rahway, Oct. 11, and will likely winter there. Enter from St. George Ave., Rahway (NJ Rt. 27), go to the far end of the park behind the Rahway Pool, and park in the lot; watch the dead trees in the swamp for the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS.
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.