Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/24/1995
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tues. Oct. 24 at 5 p.m. with reports of SMITH'S LONGSPUR, LONG-TAILED JAEGER, RED-NECKED GREBE, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED, VESPER and other sparrows, AM. AVOCET, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, seasonal reports, local reports of interest and a reminder to NJ voters: Vote YES on Question 4, the Green Acres Bond Issue on Election Day Nov. 7. Thanks.

Please note that the NJ Audubon Bird Box has a new number: 908-647-2357.

The SMITH'S LONGSPUR was still present today, Oct. 24, in the parking lot at Island Beach State Park Headquarters, in the grass strip to the left of the parking lot entrance where it has been these last 6 days. It looks like "Smitty" is nestled in for the winter! As far as we know, Smitty has never been out of his grassy micro-kingdom in his/her six day stay.

The sea watch at Avalon Oct. 20 had LONG-TAILED JAEGER, RED-NECKED GREBE and large numbers of SCOTERS. A LARK SPARROW was at Plum Island, Sandy Hook Oct. 19.

On Oct. 22 at Brigantine (Forsythe), there were 3 AMERICAN AVOCETS, 2 BALD EAGLES, MERLIN and PINTAIL. Overpeck Park on Oct. 23 had VESPER, CLAY-COLORED and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS along the road.

Chimney Rock Oct. 22 had PEREGRINE, BALD EAGLE and 5 RED-SHOULDERS. In Belle Mead Oct. 22, LINCOLN'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were on Pleasant View Road. A VESPER SPARROW was at the Green Acres site on Mountain Ave. in Warren, also Oct. 22.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Takanassee in Long Branch Oct. 22, along with HOODED MERGANSER, and the usual waterfowl. A VESPER SPARROW was in the soybean field in Thompson Park Oct. 22. Sunrise Mt on Oct. 23 had 2 GOSHAWKS and a COMMON RAVEN. Widely reported this week were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HERMIT THRUSH, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, CREEPERS, SOLITARY VIREO, migrant BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES and SHARP-SHINNED HAWK.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape usually changes Wednesday, more often if necessary. To report birds, please call Tuesday at 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding; thanks for the calls, and good wintering to "Smitty." [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

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