Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/29/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Oct 29 with reports of VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, LECONTE'S SPARROW, RAZORBILL, KING EIDER; THAYER'S and ICELAND GULLS, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EVENING GROSBEAK, and local reports of interest.

THE VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW in Cape May was found again on Willow Creek farm, at the intersection of Stevens and West streets, one block west of Bayshore Road Oct 25. It was not seen Oct 26 but may still be in the area. A LECONTE'S SPARROW was found in the tower field at Higbee Oct 26. The Seawatch at Avalon Oct 26 had RAZORBILL, SOOTY SHEARWATER, KING EIDER and 50,000 scoters.

Gull season at Florence is underway. This week's report tallies eight species of gulls, including an adult THAYER'S, a first winter THAYER'S and three ICELANDS, as well as LESSER BLACK-BACKED. At Palmyra Oct 25, VESPER, CLAY-COLORED and FOX SPARROWS were present. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was one day only at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown, not a common bird inland.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was present Oct 26-28 at Colonial Park in Somerset. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported from the Hackensack Meadows Env. Center, Florence, Rutgers campus, and Johnson Park in Highland Park this week. EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported from Cape May, Chimney Rock, Scherman-Hoffman, Wildcat Ridge, Raccoon Ridge, Lincoln Park and Great Swamp. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road between the heronry and the closed bridge, sometimes near the gazebo.

Round Valley Reservoir Oct 25 had a RED-NECKED GREBE in the wilderness parking cove and small numbers of COMMON LOON. Spruce Run Reservoir, which is very low, had 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPER among the KILLDEER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. At the Annandale exit from 78- 22, on Linda's Pumpkin Farm, a flock of 80AMERICAN PIPITS was present Oct 27; the site is close to the Exxon facility. Dorbrook Park in Monmouth County had LINCOLN'S SPARROW and MEADOWLARK Oct 26.

PEREGRINES A re frequenting the Medieval Times facility near the Hackensack Meadows Env Center. Lake Musconetcong Oct 27 had large flocks of PIED-BILLED GREBE, AM. WIGEON, COOT, RUDDY DUCK, and GADWALL, and small numbers of GREEN-WINGED TEAL, RINGNECK, CANVASBACK, GREATER SCAUP, and a HORNED GREBE.

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