Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/31/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Oct. 31, 1990, with reports of SAGE THRASHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, BROWN PELICAN, RED-NECKED GREBE, BALD EAGLE, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, seasonal reports, and an update on the MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD - first, that. The MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD at the Budd Lake Rehab is apparently a tame bird; it hopped onto the fingers of the kids who found it, and it had cage marks above the bill and wear on the tail. There is a subterranean trade in Bluebirds which might explain it. There are 3 previous records for MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD in NJ, not one as the tape last week indicated. Now this week's birds. A possible SAGE THRASHER was identified and photographed yesterday, Oct. 30, in Spring Lake, at the corner of Jersey Ave. and Ocean Ave., right on the shore. The bird flew from that site when the observers attempted to follow it, and it disappeared. It may be holed up in the thickets around Wreck Pond by now, or possibly in the Sea Girt Holly Grove, which is right on the shore in Sea Girt. An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared in the Allendale Celery Farm Oct. 28-29 near the Martin House. The Celery Farm is in Allendale on Franklin Turnpike about two-tenths of a mile from the intersection of East Allendale Ave. Three BROWN PELICANS were at Barnegat Inlet Oct. 28; and a FIN WHALE has been observed from shore this week from Point Pleasant. At Round Valley Reservoir Oct. 27 were the following: 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 100-plus COMMON LOONS, 1 adult BALD EAGLE harassing 2 OSPREYS, 6 OLDSQUAW, 9 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 5 SNOW BUNTINGS, and numerous seasonal landbirds. At Brigantine NWR Oct. 28 there was a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, also WESTERN SANDPIPER, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PIPITS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. Island Beach on Oct. 28 had SNOW BUNTING, ORANGE-CROWNED and PRAIRIE WARBLERS. At Sandy Hook Oct. 27 were WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, WINTER WREN, PIPITS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and a SHORT-EARED OWL on Plum Island. Also there the same day were all SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, HORNED GREBE, SHARP-TAILED SPARROW, MERLIN, and PEREGRINE. The sparrow field in Denville off Diamond Spring Rd. had VESPER, WHITE-CROWNED, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Oct. 27. Rifle Camp Park had a SHORT-EARED OWL this weekend. Liberty St. Park had a PEREGRINE. SISKINS were reported this week from several North Jersey locations, mostly overhead flying birds, only a few at feeders. Boonton Reservoir this week had 50 BLACK SCOTER along with a COMMON LOON Oct. 27; Lake Parsippany had RUDDY DUCKS and RING-NECKED DUCKS; Lake Takanassee had RING-NECKS and HOODED MERGANSERS this week. 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.

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