This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday, October 23, 1991 at 12:45 pm with reports of BROWN PELICAN, RED PHALAROPE, COMMON EIDER, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, RAVENS, and local reports.
Twenty-one BROWN PELICANS were seen from the Cape May-Lewes ferry Oct. 18. Two COMMON EIDERS were at the Second Ave. jetty in Cape May during the week. A RED PHALAROPE was one day only at Dayton, Middlesex Cty, on Oct. 20, not seen Oct. 21. Five MARBLED GODWITS were at Brigantine NWR during the week; HUDSONIAN GODWITS were at DeKorte State Park at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst.
Sandy Hook Oct. 19 had 5 SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS on Plum Island; a VESPER SPARROW at the maintenance yard north of parking area E; a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO at the garden; a late EASTERN WOOD-PEWEE in area E; ROYAL and FORSTERS TERNS; with 97 species for the day, and a spectacular KINGLET flight still evident Oct. 21, when a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on the lawn next to the garden.
Other CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were reported this week as follows: one with a VESPER SPARROW at Thompson Park, Monmouth Cty., on Rt. 520 opposite the Chirstian Brothers Academy (on the dirt road where the Shrike was last winter); and another CLAY-COLORED was at the old Green Acres site next to AT&T in Bedminster, Somerset Cty.. From two to six RAVENS are being seen frequently at the Raccoon Ridge hawkwatch; a BALD EAGLE was there Oct. 19. RAVENS have also been reported from Sunrise Mountain hawkwatch in Stokes State Forest.
In Sussex Cty., 110 RING-NECKED DUCKS were at Wolf lake on Oct. 18; also, in Fredon LINCOLN'S SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and late CHIMNEY SWIFTS. In Warren Cty. 100 AMERICAN PIPITS were at Oberly Rd near Alpha on Oct. 22; an imm. TUNDRA SWAN was reported at Lake Parsippany on Oct. 22; and at Fairview Farms in Pottersville, Somerset Cty., LINCOLN'S SPARROW and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were reported during the week.
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.