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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/18/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Nov 18 with reports of an unprecedented invasion of FRANKLIN'S GULLS, an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUINS, SEDGE WREN, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, KITTIWAKE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER and seasonal and local reports.

An unprecedented invasion of FRANKLIN'S GULLS into Cape May County took place Nov 14, with some 25+ flybys at the Avalon Sea Watch, and 10+ more scattered around the peninsula. [At least 13 more passed the Sea Watch on Nov 15. Outside of Cape May County, Four FRANKLIN'S GULLS were found at South Amboy Yacht Club Nov 15, and two were still there Monday. One was at Manasquan Inlet Monday. Another was at Spruce Run Reservoir inland, see below. And one was at Palmyra Nov 14, reported to the PA hotline.]

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at Higbee Beach on Nov 13 [and one was seen at Hidden Valley Ranch, nearby, all day Nov. 17.] At South Cape May Meadows Nov 15, there were VIRGINIA and SORA RAILS, AMERICAN BITTERN, SEDGE WREN, LONG-EARED and SHORT-EARED OWLS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. The Avalon Sea Watch Nov 16 had 1200 RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1 HARLEQUIN, 1 PARASITIC JAEGER and 1 KITTIWAKE.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road was glimpsed briefly between the speed bumps by the old headquarters Nov 16, and promptly disappeared. An EURASIAN WIGEON was at the Lincoln Park Bathing Beach side of the Gravel Pits Nov 15.

An adult male COMMON EIDER and 6 HARLEQUINS were on the Island Beach jetty Nov 14. A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was belatedly reported from the Hack. Meadowlands Commission parking lot in Lyndhurst near the small maintenance building Nov 7.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL and a KITTIWAKE were on the beach in Long Branch on Ocean Ave behind the Seaview apartments Nov 17.

At Spuce Run Reservoir, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was present Nov 12-15 at the flats on the corner of Van Syckel and Rte 31. Also at Spruce Run was an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL among ringbills Nov 16 at 11 a.m., not seen later in the day. Some 140 SNOW BUNTINGS were there Nov 16, along Van Syckel Road. HORNED LARK and AMERICAN PIPIT were also there during the week.

Culvers Lake had a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov 14. Sandy Hook Nov 14 had 150 SNOW BUNTING, 5 HORNED LARK and one AMERICAN BITTERN. TUNDRA SWANS returned to Whitesbogs Nov 14. As of the week of Nov 15, the GOLDEN EAGLE tally at the ridges was as follows: Wildcat-11; Picatinny-22; Stateline-1; Chimney Rock-14.

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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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