This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon, for Wednesday, April 24, 1991, at 12:30 PM, with reports of SMITH'S LONGSPUR, LITTLE GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, SISKINS, EVENING GROSBEAK, local reports, new arrivals, and seasonal reports of interest.
The SMITH'S LONGSPUR on the Saturday night tape update was present in the South Cape May Meadows from April 20 through 5 PM on April 22. It was not found on April 23 or 24 as of tape time, and is presumed gone.
At the Salem Nuclear Plant, LITTLE GULLS continue to be seen at the outfall, and also there this week were NORTHERN GANNET, again, and RED-NECKED GREBE. At Mannington Marsh there was a flock of 200 AMERICAN PIPITS this week and also AMERICAN BITTERN.
The COMMON CRANE reported over the weekend in Poughkeepsie, NY, apparently was an escape from captivity in Maryland. EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported this week from Gravel Hill Rd. in Freehold. HOUSE WREN and YELLOWTHROAT arrived this week in the Freehold area. April 20 at Sandy Hook there was a strong flight of NORTHERN GANNETS; April 17 at Sandy Hook VEERY was reported, and also COOPER'S HAWK and MERLIN.
At Johnson Park, New Brunswick, off Rt. 18, on April 24, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, YELLOW WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS as well as SOLITARY VIREO & HOUSE WREN were seen. At Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville April 22-24, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, YELLOW WARBLERS, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS, SOLITARY VIREO, THRASHER, PURPLE FINCH, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH, and VEERY were all seen, and 7 PINE SISKINS were at the feeder there April 24. SISKINS were also reported this week in Parsippany.
At Merrill Creek Reservoir April 19 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were reported; and Alpha had VESPER SPARROW and AMERICAN PIPIT during the week.
The Somerset County Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge on April 19 reported SNOW GEESE, PINE WARBLERS, PRAIRIE WARBLERS, AND PALM WARBLERS, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, and HERMIT THRUSH. The same location on April 24 had WORM-EATING & NASHVILLE WARBLERS. The Wallkill on April 20 had BARN SWALLOW, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, & PALM WARBLER.
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.