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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 10/9/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Oct. 8 [updated Oct. 9] with reports of SMOOTH-BILLED ANI, GRAY KINGBIRD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, PINE SISKIN, LARK SPARROWS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, DICKCISSELS, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GOLDEN PLOVER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and local reports of interest.

{Transcriber's Update: The compiler, Rich Kane, just called to ask me to add the following to the transcript:

A SMOOTH-BILLED ANI has been present since 8 AM this morning, Oct. 9, at the North Pond at Sandy Hook NJ. It was found by observers seeking the GRAY KINGBIRD (which has not been seen yesterday or today). The ANI has been seen by many observers and photographed. If accepted by NJBRC, this would be the first documented record (there is a 19th century specimen of disupted origin).}

A GRAY KINGBIRD was seen and photographed at North Pond, Sandy Hook Oct. 7 between 10 a.m. and noon.; not seen again as of 9 a.m. Oct. 8. Also at the Hook Oct. 4 were RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the Lighthouse, DICKCISSEL and GRAY-CHEEKED THRUSH at the north end of Area E, NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW on Plum Island, SAPSUCKER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, AMERICAN PIPIT, and a SORA at north pond Oct. 5-8.

At Island Beach Oct. 5, birds included 1 PARASITIC JAEGER, 100 SURF SCOTER, 25 ROYAL TERN, and 10 GANNET. Brig had ROSS'S GOOSE Oct. 4 and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER Oct. 6. At the Hackensack Meadowlands Env Center Oct. 3, A WILSON'S PHALAROPE and several STILT SANDPIPER were present.

At Overpeck Oct. 4-6, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was at the model airplane field across the road at the north end Oct. 4; CONNECTICUT WARBLER, LARK SPARROW, DICKCISSEL and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS were along the road; and PINE SISKIN was seen Oct. 6. AM. PIPITS , a flock of 14, have been daily near the rock pile in a cleared area now called the Pipit field.

At Spruce Run this week, GOLDEN PLOVER and STILT SANDPIPER were seen, and also a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in a flock of pipits. At Scherman Hoffman, there was a good warbler flight Oct. 3, with PHILADELPHIA VIREO, lots of warblers especially BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and flocks of KINGLETS and WHITETHROATS. Chimney Rock this week had NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SNOW GEESE, 7 BALD EAGLES and 21 PEREGRINES.

Cape May had very good flights several mornings this week; see the Cape May birding hotline for details.

Palmyra Oct. 4-5 had AM. BITTERN, SORA, COMMON MOORHEN, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PECTORAL and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 17 WARBLERS including CONNECTICUT and ORANGE-CROWNED; also SAPSUCKER, JUNCO, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and WINTER WREN.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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