This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, April 21, 1992, at 1 pm, with reports of FRANKLIN'S GULL, WHITE-FACED IBIS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, TURKEY, CASPIAN TERN, seasonal and local reports.
The "El Nino" weather of the last two weeks dumped some nice birds. An adult FRANKLIN'S GULL, along with two CASPIAN TERNS, was present for a few hours April 18 at a detention basin off Atlantis Drive in Succasunna, Roxbury Township, in Morris County. The FRANKLIN'S was not there in the late afternoon the same day, and has not been reported since.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS in a flock of12 Glossy Ibis was present briefly on Money Island Rd. in Salem County, April 17, near the chicken farm where the Dickcissels were. It was not found thereafter despite searching.
At the Salem Nuclear Plant April 18 were 4 GANNETS, 4 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 250 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and 1 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Frog Ocean Rd. in Mad Horse Creek WMA near Canton there was a WILD TURKEY. Pedricktown Causeway had one RUFF and one REEVE April 18 and 19. TURKEYS have also been reported in Somerset County in Hillsborough Township on Bricktown Rd. off US Rt. 206.
CASPIAN TERNS are at Mannington Marsh, Salem County. There were some 75 species at Sandy Hook April 18, including both CORMORANTS, OYSTERCATCHER, numbers of SOLITARY VIREOS, PALM WARBLERS, KINGLETS, and HERMIT THRUSHES. BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was also there.
Despite the rain there were big flights around the state of COMMON LOON, DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT, GNATCATCHER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, PALM WARBLER, and SAVANNAH SPARROW. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was at Allaire State Park April 20. Four LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were in Dayton, Middlesex County, on April 19. Lake Parsippany April 19 had COMMON LOON, 150 RUDDY DUCKS, 100 COMMON MERGANSERS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, SHOVELER, RING-NECKED DUCK, SCAUP, PIED-BILLED GREBE, & BUFFLEHEAD. A flock of 10,000 DUNLIN was at Hay Neck, near Nantuxent WMA, Cumberland County, on April 16. There is a late TUNDRA SWAN lingering at the Pedricktown Causeway.
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.