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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/11/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Nov 11 with reports of HARRIS'S SPARROW, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, ROSS'S GOOSE, SWAINSON'S HAWK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, MARBLED GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PARASITIC JAEGER, PINE SISKIN, EVENING GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A HARRIS'S SPARROW was seen at the corner of Pearl and Knox in Cape May Point Nov 3 & 4, not seen since. SWAINSON'S HAWK was also seen during the week in Cape May. EURASIAN WIGEON was on Lily lake; PARASITIC JAEGERS were at the Avalon Sea Watch during the week; and there was a great collection of shorebirds at Nummy Island over the weekend (Nov 6-8) including 5 MARBLED GODWIT, 100's of OYSTERCATCHER, lots of DUNLIN, some KNOTS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, and Western WILLET.

ROSS'S GOOSE was reported this week in the vicinity of Mannington Marsh. VESPER SPARROWS were on Stow Neck Road and Artificial Island (the Nuke Plant).

At Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck this week, there were 2 DICKCISSELS, VESPER, GRASSHOPPER, LINCOLN'S and LECONTE'S SPARROW. Although the field was cut Nov 7, the LECONTE'S was seen with LINCOLN'S Nov 10, in the rose bushes. Just past the entrance sign for Dorbrook on 537, turn left in the dirt road; park at the willow on the right. Walk behind the willow and look for the birds in the rose bushes beyond.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen Nov 8 again between the two speed bumps on Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp. EVENING GROSBEAKS and SISKINS were seen in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area from Watergate to Millbrook Gap this week.

At Barnegat Light Nov 8, two LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 5 HARLEQUIN were seen on the jetty. EURASIAN WIGEONS were reported this week from Shadow Lake in Monmouth Co.; from the marsh at the Meyersville dead-end in Great Swamp; from Lake Musconetcong; and from Thompson Park. On Raritan Bay, 123 RED-THROATED LOONS were reported from Marquis Creek to South Amboy Nov 9.

GOLDEN EAGLES on the ridges as of this week total for the season 10 at Wildcat; 22 at Picatinny; 1 at Stateline; and 14 at Chimney Rock. Nice numbers of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found this week at the Warren Green Acres site; at Shadow Lake in Monmouth Co.; at Great Swamp; at the NJAS Old Farm preserve in Independence on 614 in Warren Co. (where there were also FOX SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and TREE SPARROWS); and at Lake Musconetcong. The large PIPIT flock still lingers at the Ort farm at the intersection of Bartley Rd and Rte 24 in Long Valley.

+ + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + + A form for reports to the NJ Records Committee is in RECORDS OF NEW JERSEY BIRDS, Fall 1996 and also at http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/form.html The Review List is included in the state list published in RECORDS in Winter 1996-97.

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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