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:
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
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@