This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, April 23 1996, at
5 p.m. with reports of ANHINGA, RUFF, RED-NECKED GREBES, HARLEQUIN,
CASPIAN TERN, AM. BITTERN, SORA, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal
arrivals, and local reports, plus a conservation alert.
An ANHINGA was seen soaring over Absecon April 17, drifting north.
A brown RUFF was seen at Pedricktown April 19 through 21.
Mannington Marsh in Salem County had 12 CASPIAN TERNS and a
lingering RED-NECKED GREBE. Some 18 RED-NECKED GREBES were on
Culver Lake in Sussex Co. Apr. 17. At Sandy Hook April 20, a RED-
NECKED GREBE was in Horseshoe Cove; the HARLEQUIN remains at the
auditorium; lots of HORNED GREBES are there, and BLUE-GRAY
GNATCATCHERS in force, finally; a SORA was at Horseshoe Cove on
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was in Old Tappan April 21 on Prospect Ave.
Princeton Institute Woods from Apr. 18-23 had COM. YELLOWTHROAT,
BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, HOUSE WREN, YELLOW WARBLER,
NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and OVENBIRD. Buckhorn Road in Salem County Apr. 21
had ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, PROTHONOTARY, OVENBIRD, and SOLITARY
VIREO. Allaire State Park had YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Apr. 22.
NORTHERN PARULA was in Warren Apr. 23. Upper Raritan Watershed
property in Bedminster had PRAIRIE WARBLER and AMERICAN
BITTERN Apr. 22 and ORCHARD ORIOLE Apr. 23.
Sunrise Mountain on Apr. 19 had 500 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS,
15 OSPREY and a few COOPER'S. Chimney Rock Apr. 19 had
60 AMERICAN KESTREL and 75 BROADWINGS.
Great Swamp Apr. 19 had HOODED MERGANSER and HOUSE WREN on
Pleasant Plains Road, and a good flight of GNATCATCHER, MYRTLE
WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and PALM WARBLER
on Apr. 22. Orchard Road in Linvale had UPLAND SANDPIPER on
April 21. Sourlands Preserve Apr. 22 had GREEN HERON,
WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville Apr. 22-23 had
PURPLE FINCH, INDIGO BUNTING, CATBIRD, SOLITARY VIREO, and MYRTLE
WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and BLUE-WINGED
WARBLER. Garret Mountain Apr. 22 had a CERULEAN WARBLER on
Wilson Ave. along the reservoir.
April 23 Conservation Alert on Endangered Species Act (ESA)
reauthorization: Please tell Rep. Jim Saxton [R-NJ; office
phone: 202-225-3765] and your own House member that you
support strengthening the ESA along the lines of the recently
drafted Endangered Natural Heritage Act (ENHA), an alternative
ESA reauthorization draft that comes from members of the National
Endangered Species Coalition. It has no sponsor yet, but its
provisions are much better than the bills already introduced in
Congress. Some of its strengthening items include: establishing
a scientific commission to identify species at risk; timely
listing of candidate species; increase in plant protection;
designating critical habitat in the recovery plan for a species;
deadlines for recovery plans; peer review of Habitat
Conservation Plans (HCP); keep federal control of recovery plans
while requiring state cooperation.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page
changes Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org
[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, (908) 647-2357.
Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.