Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/30/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Oct. 30 with reports of FRANKLIN'S GULL, SWAINSON'S HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, AM. WHITE PELICAN, SEDGE WREN, GOLDEN EAGLE, EURASIAN WIGEON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MARBLED GODWIT and seasonal and local reports. A FRANKLIN'S GULL was reported at Barnegat Inlet on Oct. 27, withoutplumage details. A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen Saturday and Sunday Oct. 26 and 27 at Cape May Point and at Hidden Valley, and a SWAINSON'S HAWK flew over the hawkwatch in Cape May Point State Park on Oct. 27. Two AM. WHITE PELICANS were at Lily lake in Cape May on Oct. 27.

A SEDGE WREN was discovered in Salem on the lower Mannington marshes on Rte. 49 behind a tire store a short distance west of the bridge into Salem and the Bald Cypress. A male EURASIAN WIGEON was at Thompson Park, Lincroft Oct. 25. GOLDEN EAGLES were reported at Fairview Farm Oct. 24, Chimney Rock Oct. 29, and 4 at Merrill Creek Oct. 26, where PINE SISKINS were also seen overhead. Round Valley Oct. 26 had both LOONS and overhead SISKINS. Boonton had 20 SNOW BUNTINGS overhead at the hawkwatch on Oct. 27.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach in front of the new gazebo at Union Beach Oct. 27, with GREAT BLACK-BACKED and HERRING GULLS. The MARBLED GODWITS continue in the Absecon Inlet area; On Oct. 26 there were 35 of them on Brigantine Island visible from Rte. 87 on the left after crossing the bridge. Brig on Oct. 26-27 had up to 100 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, mostly on the North Dike. At Tuckerton Oct. 26, near the end of the road by the Coast Guard station, two NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED and 10 SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were seen in comparison.

Birds widely reported moving this week included RUDDY DUCK, E. BLUEBIRD, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, SWAMP SPARROW, and PURPLE FINCH.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The report changes Wednesdays. To report birds, please call 908-766-5787; after hours leave a message at Voice Mail extension 18. Or you can fax your repoprt to 908-766-7775. Good birding and thanks for calling/surfing.

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