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This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Oct 18 with reports of Review List SABINE'S GULL, WESTERN TANAGER and other reports of AM. WHITE PELICAN, shorebirds, seasonal migrants and local reports.

The SABINE'S GULL at Merrill Creek Res. was still present Sun Oct 15; it was not found Mon a.m., Oct 16, but there are no reports of anyone looking after that, so it isn't certain that it is gone. Another SABINE'S GULL (!) flew by the Avalon Sea Watch Oct 16!

The WESTERN TANAGER was seen at least twice at Sandy Hook on Oct 14, once around 11:30 a.m. and again around 4 p.m., both times near the hawk watch platform where the bird was found. Other birds at Sandy Hook this week included LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the north end, VESPER SPARROW in the Campground, NELSON'S SHARPTAIL, NASHVILLE WARBLER in I lot, and SWAINSON'S THRUSH and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS at the north end.

Two AM. WHITE PELICANS were seen over Bivalve, Cumberland Co. last week and two were seen again over the wee kend (Oct 14-15).

An immature NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Cold Brook preserve on 517 in Oldwick Oct. 13; on Oct 12, there were over 75 SAVANNAH and 45 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS daily this week with the high 28! A VESPER SPARROW was there Oct. 15.

Shorebird numbers at Brig Oct 16 were high: 1250 GREATER YELLOWLEGS; 5000 each of DUNLIN and WESTERN SANDPIPERS; 236 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER; 22 WHITE-RUMPS; one late BAIRD's; 20 PECTORALS and 330 BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and 30 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS.

A RUFFED GROUSE was seen at Sparta Mountain on the trail that goes to the bog from the Edison Monument on Edison Road.

BLACK VULTURE numbers are increasing in Monmouth and Ocean counties--the best report recently was 40 over Great Adventure!

There were big flights this week of YELLOW-RUMPS, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, FLICKERS, WHITE-THROATS, WHITE-CROWNS and PHOEBES. There are few to none of CREEPER and PURPLE FINCH. SAPSUCKER numbers have seemed high and well distributed.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List species does to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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