This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Nov 4 with reports
of SWAINSON'S HAWK, MISSISSIPPI KITE, HARRIS'S SPARROW, LECONTE'S
SPARROW, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, PARASITIC JAEGER, HAWK reports,
seasonal and local reports of interest.
One of three SWAINSON'S HAWKS from the weekend was still present
Monday Nov 2 in Cape May. An unprecedented late fall MISSISSIPPI
KITE was seen at Cape May Point Oct 30. A HARRIS'S SPARROW
around Pearl and Knox streets in Cape May Point Nov 3 was last
seen at Stites Av from 2-3 p.m. Nov. 3 (no report at tape time
Nov 4). [Transcriber's addition: Sparrow seen again today.]
Birders should stay on the road looking for this bird.
Several EURASIAN WIGEON were at Cape May Point between Lily Lake
and Lighthouse Pond Oct 31-Nov 1. PARASITIC JAEGERS were at
Avalon Nov 1.
Monmouth County's 3rd LECONTE'S SPARROW was seen and photographed
this weekend at Dorbrook Park, Colt's Neck, and was still present
Nov 3. To reach Dorbrook Park from the west, take 537 east from
Freehold, cross 34 and look for Laird Rd. Two-tenths mile east
of Laird, there's a one-lane dirt track going right (south) from
537. From the east, take 537 to the sign for Dorbrook park, go a
tenth mile further and look for the dirt track just past a rail
fence and turn left on it. Go two fields, and park where the
track ends. A large willow is on the right and just beyond is a
rose bush the sparrow likes. This is the same spot where the
Sandhill Crane was in May of this year. Other birds there this
week included VESPER, LINCOLN'S and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS,
DICKCISSEL and AMERICAN PIPITS.
A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at the Sussex Co. Library pond on Rte
655 (Morris Tpke) near Branchville Oct 30. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were
reported this week from Cape May, Island Beach, Chimney Rock,
Picatinny and Cape May.
EURASIAN WIGEON were reported this week from Stevenson park in
Lincroft (Monmouth) and Lake Musconetcong, which also had
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN. A SNOWY OWL
was reported Oct 28 from Stonehill Rd in Freehold not far from
rte 9; not reported since. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen on
the Barnegat Jetty Oct 31. The Ort farm on Bartley Rd in Long
Valley Nov 1 had 300 PIPIT, 18 HORNED LARKS and one LAPLAND
LONGSPUR. SNOW BUNTINGS were reported this week from Cape May,
Round Valley, lake Hopatcong and Lake Musconetcong. A SHRIKE
(sp), probably Northern, was on Pleasant Plains Rd Nov 4, between
the speed bumps.
A BALD EAGLE was at Plainsboro Nov 1. Chimney Rock had two GOLDEN
EAGLES Oct 29 and Sunrise one Oct 30. SHARPSHIN totals from the
hawk lookouts as of Oct 26 were: Wildcat-1900; Picatinny-2100;
Chimney Rock-4200; Stateline-1100; Montclair-2300. HARRIER totals
were: Wildcat-118; Picatinny-124; Chimney-341; Stateline-70; and
Montclair 164 (the most there in ten years). KESTREL totals were:
Wildcat-343; Picatinny-329; Chimney-1983; and Stateline- 424.
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A form for reports to the NJ Records Committee is in
RECORDS OF NEW JERSEY BIRDS, Fall 1996 and also at
The Review List is included in
the state list published in RECORDS in Winter 1996-97.
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