This is the voice of NJ Audubon UPDATE for Thursday, Apr. 21, at 4 PM with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, SWAINSON'S WARBLER, and a special important announcement on the Highlands, followed by the rest of Wednesday's tape.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was at the Beanery in Cape May April 20. SWALLOW-TAILED KITES were reported overhead in the last few days in Cape May and also in Cumberland County. The SWAINSON'S WARBLER at Higbee Beach was there all day Sunday April 17 and was heard on Monday Morning, April 18, working north.
Birders who love the highlands of NJ do yourselves a favor. Write a brief note to Gov. Christie Whitman, State House, Trenton, 08625, asking her to do 3 things: 1) Support the HIghlands Coalition's call for a National Forest in the Highlands. 2) Create a stable source of funding to buy good highlands habitat and 3) Appoint a chair person for the Highlands Trust advisory board. Thank you.
A COMMON REDPOLL was still in Berkeley Heights April 15. PINE SISKINS were at Scherman-Hoffmand Sanct., Bernardsville, April 19. An EARED GREBE in near breeding plumage and 14 RED-NECKED GREBES were in Dennis Creek, Cape May, April 12, and a REEVE was at Ocean Pond, Rt. 47, April 13 but not 14. The white-rumped Eurasian race of WHIMBREL was at Avalon April 16 with 20 other WHIMBRELS. A male DICKCISSEL was on Sea Grove Ave. , Cape May, April 13.
EVENING GROSBEAKS were still seen this week on private property in Browns Mills and also 5 at Scherman-Hoffman feeders April 21, and others in Freehold the same day. Thirty CASPIAN TERNS were in Mannington Marsh April 16, and 2000 GLOSSY IBIS and hundreds of Cattle Egrets were around the Salem farm fields the same day, probably storm-driven. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was on Ironia Road, Ironia, Morris Co., April 19.
Princeton Institute Woods April 15 had YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and THRASHER. RED-NECKED GREBE continues on Lake Assunpink, and 3 WILD TURKEYS were on Sharon Station Rd. April 16. N. GANNETS and LOONS were migrating past Sandy Hook on April 15; PRAIRIE WARBLER and SOLITARY VIREO arrived in Wells Park (?) April 17. GREEN HERON was at Manasquan Reservoir April 15. GULL-BILLED TERN was at Goshen Landing Road, Cape May Co., April 16. Round Valley had HORNED GREBE and RED-NECKED GREBE April 13-14.
Forty-seven GLOSSY IBIS were on River Rd., near Griggstown, Somerset Co., April 17-18. WILD TURKEY was at Scherman Hoffman, Bernardsville, this week, and also at Rt. 24 in Chester. Scherman Hoffman on April 20-21 had YELLOW WARBLER, THRASHER, CATBIRD, BROADWING, HOUSE WREN, SOLITARY VIREO, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. Three BLACK VULTURES were at Great Swamp April 17. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were reported at Sharptown and the Van Wyck Tract during the week.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey, sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society. The tape is changed usually on Wednesdays around noon, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, firstname.lastname@example.org.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling.