This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Oct. 5, 1994 at noon with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, COMMON EIDER, SWAINSON'S HAWK, SEDGE WREN, MARBLED GODWIT, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, ROSS'S GOOSE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, and seasonal reports and flights.
A SANDHILL CRANE was over the Montclair Hawk Lookout Sept. 28, headed northeast. A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Barnegat Inlet Sept. 28.
Some spectacular flights occurred at Cape May this week, with 559 MERLINS on Sept. 29; over 3000 GREAT BLUE HERONS on Oct. 2, and loads of other herons as well; also in the Cape May area, 3 COMMON EIDER at Stone Harbor Point Oct. 1, along with AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and BROWN PELICANS there on Oct. 3. Four MARBLED GODWITS were at Grassy Sound on the Intracoastal Waterway [Cape May County] on Oct. 1. A dark SWAINSON'S HAWK was at Higbee Beach and also at Cape May Point on Oct. 3; and PHILADELPHIA VIREO, GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, AM. PIPIT, and scores of land birds were at Cape May Oct. 1-2 .
Three SEDGE WRENS and 23 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were at the Green Acres tract on Mountain Ave., Warren, Somerset Co., Oct. 2, along with AMERICAN PIPITS and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. The old Lyons site at the end of Pleasant Valley Way nearby had 16 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS the same day.
Sandy Hook Oct. 1 had HUDSONIAN GODWIT at Spermaceti Cove and on Oct. 3 had GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, 16 warbler species including 3 CONNECTICUT WARBLERS, WINTER WREN and LINCOLN'S SPARROW. Also AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER and MARBLED GODWIT and big numbers of E. PHOEBE, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS,and CEDAR WAXWINGS were at the Hook that day.
A dark morph ROSS'S GOOSE was reported on Oct. 1 at Brigantine NWR, and AM. GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, and BAIRD'S SANDPIPER were there Sept. 29. On Oct. 1 at the edge of Princeton's Springdale Golf Course, there was a warbler fallout led by 50 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS plus WILSON'S WARBLERS and TENNESSEE WARBLERS; and Oct. 2 in Hopewell there were GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH, WINTER WREN, and SOLITARY VIREO. A GREAT CORMORANT is at the Allendale Celery Farm with Double-crests as of Oct. 4.
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. Good birding, and thank you for calling.