This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday Oct 30 with reports
of Review List ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SWAINSON'S HAWK, LECONTE'S
SPARROW and other reports of AVOCET, EVENING GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILL, CLAY-COLORED and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, AM. GOLDEN
PLOVER, GOLDEN EAGLE and seasonal and local reports of interest.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at the junction of the blue and
yellow trails in Cape May Point State Park Oct 27, not seen since.
A SWAINSON'S HAWK was seen Oct 26 and 27 from the hawkwatch and
other locations around Cape May Point. Another SWAINSON'S HAWK was
seen at Brig Oct 28; also at Brig Oct 28 were AM. GOLDEN PLOVER, 3
AVOCETS in the west pool, TUNDRA SWAN, lots of BRANT and a few SNOW
GEESE, with very large numbers of N. PINTAIL.
A LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen and photographed at Sandy Hook Oct 26
in the old ballfield area north of G Lot. Park in G Lot and walk
north on the road toward North Beach about 100 yards. On your left
is the overgrown old ballfield. Look for some sedge grasses with
nearby bushes--the bird was in those.
There were scattered reports of EVENING GROSBEAKS from Cape
May to Chimney Rock--no big flocks yet. Following last week's
report of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Culvers Lake, there was
another report this week on one day only at a feeder in Verona
Oct 29. PURPLE FINCHES were widely reported daily this week,
including flocks, not singles. SISKINS were reported north and
south throughout the state; they are daily at the Hoffman feeders
A RAVEN was over the Montclair Lookout Oct 28. At Chimney Rock Oct
26-29 were 80 RED-SHOULDERS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, and 2000 SNOW GEESE.
The Warren Green Acres site on Oct 28 had SISKINS, PIPITS, RUSTY
BLACKBIRD and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. In Great Swamp Oct 28 at the
heronry on Pleasant Plains Road, there were CLAY-COLORED and
GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS in the adjacent grass field.
At the Hackensack Meadows Environment Center in Lyndhurst Oct 28,
there were 6 raptor species including BALD EAGLE and PEREGRINE, the
usual waterfowl and FOX SPARROWS and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
A N. SAW-WHET OWL was calling in Pemberton on the 28th, one night
only. A BALD EAGLE was seen from Rte 537 at Pennsauken Creek on the
Widely reported moving around the state this week, in addition to
PURPLE FINCHES and SISKINS, were PIPITS, BLUEBIRDS, SHARPSHINS,
HARRIERS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, MEADOWLARK, SURF and BLACK SCOTERS,
COMMON LOON, and SWAMP and SONG SPARROWS.
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Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.