Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/24/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, October 24, 1990, at noon with reports of MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, PURPLE GALLINULES, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, an exotic report, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, DICKCISSEL, EAGLES, seasonal reports, and local reports of interest. A MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, found by children, now resides in the Budd Lake rehabilitation center in Mt. Olive Township, only the second record for New Jersey. A female BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER, the second individual in New Jersey this week, was seen on the Tuckerton Rd., Great Bay Blvd., on Oct. 17. The Sandy Hook PURPLE GALLINULE was seen earlier in the week; it was not found Sunday or Monday Oct. 21-22, but may still be present. Another PURPLE GALLINULE was found on a street corner in Wayne in a weak condition on Oct. 17; it was revived and released at Allendale Celery Farm. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was at Brigantine NWR on Oct. 22. Also at the refuge this week, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BALD EAGLE, and the normal seasonal arrivals. A DICKCISSEL was in a sparrow flock at Lenape Park, Westfield, on Oct. 18, near the entrance around some dirt mounds. CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS, along with 20 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, 10 LINCOLN'S, and one VESPER, were in a sparrow field near Denville Oct. 22. From the center of Denville take Diamond Spring Rd. north about a mile and a half from the center of town. Turn right at the Boonton-Powerville (?) sign and go a quarter mile, over a bridge, to a pullout. This area is regularly good during fall sparrow flights. Sandy Hook had the following this week: an exotic Yellow-crowned Bishop from Africa in the garden Oct. 22 with the sparrow flock; also on the Hook this week, 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WINTER WREN, SWAINSON'S THRUSH, and a good hawk flight, all of those reports Oct. 20-21. Four Sharp-tailed Sparrows were on Plum Island [at Sandy Hook] Oct. 22. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Rahway River Park behind the pool; reach it from Rt. 27 (St. George Ave.) and park behind the pool, look in the swamp. SHORT-EARED OWL was at Caven Point this week; 800 hawks were tallied at Raccoon Ridge Oct. 19, including 14 BALD EAGLE, GOLDEN EAGLES, and GOSHAWKS. Keep an eye on Culver Lake, it has been drawn down. Twenty PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were behind McKuen's restaurant on Rt. 206 Oct. 21. This is where Rt. 521 joins 206. The other good vantage point is the causeway at the north end of Culver Lake. Merrill Creek Reservoir had 47 COMMON LOONS Oct. 20, and 20 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS in passage overhead the same day. Over 100 SNOW GEESE were at the Mercer Corporate Park this week. Five BLACK VULTURES were in Mendham also this week; the previously reported WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Briant Park in Springfield/Summit was not reported to the tape this week and may be gone. 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.

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