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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/17/1999
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed Nov 17 with reports of Review List VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, AUDUBON'S WARBLER, and PACIFIC LOON; and other reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE, CROSSBILLS, COMMON REDPOLLS, LAPLAND LONGSPURS, WESTERN KINGBIRD, EIDERS, RAZORBILL, and seasonal and late reports.

A VIOLET-GREEN SWALLOW was seen at East Point Light, Cumberland Co. Nov 14, passing several times before flying north-northwest toward Heislerville Impoundments; it was not found there despite search.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found in scrub and junipers between the magnesite plant and Davy's Lake north of the concrete ship in Cape May. Later it was seen landing at Alexander Ave nearby, and people looking for the flycatcher found a NORTHERN SHRIKE in the junipers at the northwestern corner of the magnesite property. About 15 CAVE SWALLOWS were still in Cape May as of Nov 13. A female AUDUBON'S WARBLER was found Nov 12 also at the nw corner of the magnacite property in the first stand of junipers, same area as the shrike. REDPOLLS and RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL were flyovers around Cape May Point; a WESTERN KINGBIRD is at the point; and the Avalon Seawatch had RAZORBILL, KITTIWAKE, COMMON EIDER and KING EIDER.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported at Sandy Hook Nov 13 in the book at the Visitor Center. Sandy Hook reports also included NORTHERN SHRIKE at North Pond Nov 12 & 13; BARN OWL Nov 12 at the platform at dusk; COMMON REDPOLLS several days; flyby WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL Nov 12; NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Gunnison Nov 13; a late GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at K-lot field Nov 14; and two late BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, one at North Pond and one at the field west of K-lot (others were in Palmyra and Princeton this week).

Brigantine Nov 13 had 180 TUNDRA SWANS, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS on N. Dike, and two VESPER SPARROWS on the S. Dike. Tuckerton had 2 NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW also Nov 13.

Island Beach had a COMMON EIDER off the beach near the jetty and some 750 SURF SCOTERS Nov 13, and AMERICAN BITTERN at Spizzle Creek and COMMON REDPOLLS Nov 12.

Overpeck had AMERICAN PIPIT this week. A late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was at Oradell Res at Emerson Nov 9. Round Valley had SNOW BUNTINGS and AMERICAN PIPITS on the shoreline Nov 15, PURPLE FINCHES, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, and lots of BUFFLEHEAD. Lake Como had 150 HOODED MERGANSER.

Great Swamp Nov 14 had RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the gazebo; 43 COMMON SNIPE at the HQ pond; 50 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 10 RUDDY DUCKS at the Woodland Road pond and 10 HOODED MERGANSERS at the end of Pleasant Plains. There were scattered reports of a few EVENING GROSBEAKS in North Jersey. PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES continue in good numbers.

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 Review List species to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Thanks for reporting, surfing and calling, and good birding.

 
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