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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/30/2001
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 in Bernardsville.

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 25th.

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.

The Voice of NJAudubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of rarities on the review list goes to NJBRC, C/O L. Larson, 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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