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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/10/1999
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Nov. 10, with reports of Review List CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and LE CONTE'S SPARROW; and other reports of a mammoth flight in Cape May, RED CROSSBILLS, EVENING GROSBEAKS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, HUDSONIAN GODWITS, MARBLED GODWITS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GOLDEN EAGLES, and seasonal reports of interest.

Up to 25 or so CAVE SWALLOWS have been seen daily this week in Cape May, part of a large eastern invasion of this species. An incredible million and a half birds hit Cape May Nov. 7, mostly ROBINS, with lots of REDWINGS as well. Other birds included GOSHAWKS, DICKCISSEL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RED CROSSBILL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and plenty of hawks.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER discovered Nov 3 at the Beanery was seen Nov 4 but not thereafter.

A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was found at Palmyra near the leaf dump Nov. 7.

A CAVE SWALLOW was also seen in Avalon Nov. 5, and one was found on Nov. 5 at Brigantine NWR on the south dike, visible for 2-3 minutes. Brigantine Nov. 5-7 had HUDSONIAN GODWITS, MARBLED GODWITS, lots of GREATER YELLOWLEGS, a few LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, nearly 200 TUNDRA SWANS, lots of BRANT and SNOW GEESE and thousands of PINTAIL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, with lesser numbers of GADWALL, AMERICAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHOVELER, HOODED MERGANSER and about 50 WOOD DUCKS. A VESPER SPARROW was on the south dike Nov. 7.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was on a porch railing in Frankford Twp., Sussex Co., Nov. 2, for about 5 minutes; not relocated since.

An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Hackensack Meadows Environment Center in Lyndhurst Nov. 6, and Overpeck had a flock of PIPITS the same day.

Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary had EVENING GROSBEAKS Nov. 7 at the feeder, but not since. The nearby Warren Green Acres site had FOX SPARROWS, TREE SPARROWS, and LINCOLN'S SPARROWS Nov. 7, along with a flock of PIPITS.

At Merrill Creek Nov. 6 were RED CROSSBILLS and WAXWINGS; Nov. 7, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 BALD EAGLES, and a GOSHAWK; Nov. 8, EVENING GROSBEAKS, SNOW BUNTINGS and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES; and Nov. 9, SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and a GOLDEN EAGLE (32 for the season).

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Please send documentation of rarities to NJBRC c/o Laurie Larson, 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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