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
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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