This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday, October 30, 1991 at 12:45 pm with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, YELLOW RAIL, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, EAGLES, RAVEN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and seasonal and local reports.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was on the north dike at Brigantine NWR Oct. 30. Also at Brig, a SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was present Oct. 28 at the entrance of the road leading to the Gull Pond. It was not found Oct. 30. Also at the refuge, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the east dike Oct. 28 and 30.
A YELLOW RAIL was seen at Fairview Farm, Bedminster, Somerset Cty, Oct. 25; it has not been reported since. At the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst Oct. 26-27, two HUDSONIAN GODWITS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and a PEREGRINE were all present. The Peregrine failed to catch one of the Godwits after a spectacular pursuit Oct. 27. At Raccoon Ridge Oct. 28 were 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, including one that nailed a Red-tail in midair; an imm. BALD EAGLE; a GOSHAWK; and a RAVEN. Chimney Rock hawkwatch also had GOLDEN EAGLES this week, one on Oct. 25 and 2 Oct. 26.
At Sandy Hook Oct. 26 in the fog, up to 40 N. GANNETS were in the bay; LINCOLN'S SPARROW and 20 SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were at Plum Island; a NORTHERN SHRIKE was mobbed by Mockingbirds at the boardwalk near the Visitors Center; a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at the garden, and a late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK was also seen. Also at the Hook on Oct. 28 were 7 OYSTERCATCHERS and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at the north end.
At Alpha in Warren Cty Oct. 27 there were 125 AM. PIPITS along with HORNED LARKS; at Round Valley Reservoir, Oct. 25-28, a maximum of 40 COMMON LOONS, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, 2 HORNED GREBES, 3 BRANT, 12 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and a report of a BALD EAGLE in the area. An ad. BALD EAGLE was also seen at Pluckemin at Interstate 78 during the week.
An imm. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Somerset Cty Environmental Center on Oct. 26-27. A LEAST BITTERN was at the "short blind" at the Great Swamp NWR on Oct. 28. At Lake Carnegie in Princeton Oct. 28-29 there were up to 11 BLACK SCOTERS with BUFFLEHEADS and RUDDY DUCKS. At Skillman Rd. in Skillman Oct. 29 there were 50 PIPITS, just off the Great Road, Rt. 601.
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.