This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 1994 at 11:30 AM with reports of MARBLED GODWIT, HARLEQUIN DUCK, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, and local and seasonal reports of interest.
No further reports of the BELL'S VIREO or the BLACK-THROATED GRAY WARBLER in Cape May.
A MARBLED GODWIT has been present November 5 through 8 in Shark River, on the flats opposite Marconi Road. It has been seen from both sides of the estuary.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK and SNOW BUNTINGS were at Sandy Hook Nov. 5 at the North End.
One CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and 3 VESPER SPARROWS were at Hidden Valley Ranch in Cape May, in the pasture west of the new parking lot, Nov. 5. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Thompson Park off Rt. 520 in Lincroft, Monmouth Co., Nov. 7. Also Nov. 7 a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and a LINCOLN'S SPARROW were in the left-hand field at the Warren Green Acres site off Mountain Avenue, the same field where the Leconte's Sparrow was; and 2 VESPER SPARROWS were in the field to the right of the path, near the lone big tree opposite the bridge. Exit Interstate 78 at Warrenville/Rt. 527-spur; take 527 south; go left on Mountain Ave. past the Wagner Dairy farm and past 3 houses on the left; make a left on the unmarked macadam driveway. Also Nov. 7, VESPER SPARROW was at Lyons at the end of Spring Valley Rd.
At Weequahic Park in Newark a raft of RUDDY DUCKS, HOODED MERGANSERS, and COOT was present on Nov. 5. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Nov. 7-8 were at the Warren Green Acres site and also at Rogers Refuge in Princeton. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed reserve [Mercer Co., near Pennington] Nov. 4. Thirty BLACK VULTURES are roosting at the Lambertville Inn on the Delaware; they are also at Coventry Farm in Princeton.
Merrill Creek on Nov. 8 had BALD EAGLE and GOLDEN EAGLE, TUNDRA SWAN and other waterfowl. A BALD EAGLE was seen Nov. 6 at Cranbury Lake. BUFFLEHEAD, NORTHERN SHOVELER and RING-NECKED DUCK were at Rosedale Park in Mercer Co. this week. The Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst has LESSER SCAUP, RUDDY DUCK, BUFFLEHEAD, COOT, and the usual dabblers.
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.