Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/23/1996
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 Apr. 21.

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.

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