Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/4/1992
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Nov. 4, 1992, at 1:30 pm, with reports of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, MARBLED and HUDSONIAN GODWITS, PARASITIC JAEGER, RED-NECKED GREBE, BALD and GOLDEN EAGLES, EVENING GROSBEAK, EURASIAN WIGEON, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RAVEN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, seasonal reports, and an announcement about the Princeton Institute Woods of interest to local birders. First, the announcement. There will be two meetings on possible development plans for a portion of the Institute Property in Princeton Township. Meetings will be held Wednesday Nov. 4 and 19 at the Princeton Township Municipal Building, Witherspoon St., 7:30 pm. Nov. 4 the plan is to be presented, and at the meeting Nov. 19 a vote may be scheduled. [Transcriber's note: the second meeting has been postponed to Dec. 1]. Now for the birds. On Bearfort Mountain Oct. 31 two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and some PINE SISKINS were seen and a SAW-WHET OWL was heard calling. A MARBLED GODWIT was at Champagne Island, Hereford Inlet, Stone Harbor, Nov. 2. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Cape May Nov. 2 from the parking lot for Hidden Valley Ranch on New England Rd. near Higbee Beach. Another WESTERN KINGBIRD was in Salem Co., at the intersection of Money Island and Ft. Elfsborg Rds. near the Dickcissel location from last winter, on Nov. 1. At Island Beach State Park Nov. 2, a PARASITIC JAEGER was seen attacking Royal Terns; also there, Gannets and Scoters. EURASIAN WIGEON is at Marconi Rd., Shark River; HOODED MERGANSERS are at nearby Lakes Takanasee and Como. Seen at Round Valley Reservoir Oct. 31 were 3 adult BALD EAGLE, 25 TUNDRA SWANS, 175 SNOW GEESE, 16 OLDSQUAW, 6 COM. GOLDENEYE, BLACK SCOTER, RING-NECKED DUCK, SNOW BUNTING, OSPREY, and a variety of raptors and landbirds. Oct. 31 at Spruce Run there were 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS, at the mouth of Spruce Run itself; 18 BLACK SCOTER, numbers of BUFFLEHEAD and RINGNECKED DUCKS, 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, a BRANT, and a PIPIT at the boat launch. A RED-NECKED GREBE was off the fishing pier at Spruce Run on Nov. 3. Other birds at the reservoir during the week included HORNED GREBE, COM. LOON, SCAUP, DUNLIN, and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPER. Two EVENING GROSBEAKS were at Loantaka Park in Morristown Oct. 31. At Thompson Park on Rt. 520 in Lincroft, Monmouth Co, birds present during the week included GREAT CORMORANT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BLACK VULTURE. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Dayton Nov. 1. RAVEN, GOLDEN EAGLE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER were at Raccoon Ridge Oct. 31. Assunpink Oct. 31 had LESSER SCAUP, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, OLDSQUAW, numbers of Ruddies, Buffleheads, and Black Ducks; and 200 PIPITS were on nearby Herbert Rd. Ninety BLACK SCOTERS were at Artificial Island, Salem Co., as well as VESPER SPARROW and SNOW BUNTING. A BALD EAGLE was at Bass River near the Parkway Nov. 1. An imm. GOLDEN EAGLE was at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd. Nov. 3. Fifty BLACK VULTURE were roosting on the roof of the Lambertville Hotel Nov. 1. At Overpeck Park in Ridgefield Park Nov. 1 birds seen included AM. BITTERN, SNOW BUNTING, VESPER SPARROW, imm. BALD EAGLE, COOPER'S HAWK; TREE SPARROW was there Nov. 4. FOX SPARROWS were widely reported this week. A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at the Denville sparrow fields along with the usual birds. An OLDSQUAW was on Pinecliff Lake Nov. 1; and 12 TURKEYS were on Long Hill Rd., Hillsboro, Somerset Co., Nov. 1. The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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