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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/2/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, May 2, 1995 at noon with reports of HARLEQUINS, seasonal reports, and an exotic.

First, the exotic. An ANDEAN GULL, at Kearny Marsh East off Rt. 7 near Janatex, is probably one of the escapes from the Bronx Zoo.

Meanwhile, the HARLEQUIN continues at Sandy Hook, behind the Auditorium.

A LAWRENCE'S WARBLER was on Pleasant Plains Rd. in Great Swamp NWR, at the north end of the closed bridge. Also on Pleasant Plains Rd. this week, a BLACK VULTURE. In the Deserted Village area of Watchung Reservation April 30, SUMMER TANAGER and BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO were seen.

At least 3 SUMMER TANAGERS are along the railroad tracks on Rt. 555, Dividing Creek, Cumberland Co. At Turkey Point in Cumberland, lots of shorebirds, WOODCOCK, and a lingering BUFFLEHEAD at the causeway.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was in Mercer County Park on May 1.

On Clinton Rd. in East Milford, PURPLE FINCH, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WINTER WREN, HERMIT THRUSH are all present; and May 1 there were 17 WARBLERS including 2 GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLERS and 2 BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS.

INDIGO BUNTING was reported widely this week. As of April 30, there were still hundreds of AMERICAN COOT and six or more CASPIAN TERNS at Mannington Marsh. About 25 AMERICAN PIPITS were on the field at the corner of Rt. 540 and Sunset Rd. near Mannington Marsh. A LESSER SCAUP was on the Hackensack River at the Barge Club in Carlstadt at the end of Paterson Plank Rd. on May 2. A COMMON MERGANSER was on the borrow pits at Turkey Point April 30.

The UPLAND SANDPIPERS at Featherbed Lane in Sharptown, Salem Co., were not seen on April 30 in the rain but may still be there; also there April 30 were BOBOLINK and SAVANNAH SPARROW. A SORA was in Carlstadt off Paterson Plank Rd. bridge near the Barge Club on May 2. N. HARRIERS are regular at that same location, and also COMMON SNIPE on May 2.

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.

 
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