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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 5/29/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., May 29 at noon with reports of pelagics, territorial DICKCISSELS, RAILS, WARBLERS and late spring migrants, an extra-limital GUILLEMOT report and a conservation alert.

The pelagic trip out of Brielle May 26 had LONG-TAILED JAEGER, PARASITIC JAEGER, POMARINE JAEGER, SOOTY SHEARWATER, GREATER SHEARWATER, and an AMERICAN GOLDFINCH 80 miles out.

The "extra-limital" BLACK GUILLEMOT on Staten island is still at Great Kills. It was seen sitting on the dock May 26.

At the Orchard Road, Hillsborough area off 206 and 514 in Somerset County (Directions in Boyle), 4 DICKCISSELS were present May 24 through 28 in weeds near the intersection of Chamberlain and Herder roads, near the 90 degree bend in Orchard Road. Copulation and territorial behavior were noted. Also in the area were GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, SAVANNAH SPARROW and BLUE GROSBEAK.

An ALDER FLYCATCHER was found in a marsh in Plainsboro. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found with Ringbills in a field along Old Trenton Road, East Windsor. GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS are both on territory at the Mercer Corporate Park on Rte. 526, along with EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

VIRGINIA RAIL and SORA RAIL, and ALDER FLYCATCHER, were found in the Black River WMA in Chester; rails are on the railroad bed as well as on Hillside Ave.

UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen this week at Linvale. Some 15 warblers including WILSON'S WARBLER and GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER were found in Pequest WMA, Warren County May 26.

Garret Mountain/Rifle Camp had at least 15 warblers May 25, including two MOURNING, and at the pond on top of Rifle Camp had OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. The parking lots nearby had 2 YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and at least a dozen SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and 6 GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSHES were found in both parks. SWAINSON'S THRUSHES and GRAY-CHEEKED/BICKNELL'S THRUSHES thrushes were also at Scherman Hoffman May 28-29.

Conservation Alert: In the budget bills for fiscal 1997, we hear that there will be some riders attached, possibly a Timber Clearcut Rider as last year, which if passed would have negative effects on our public forests and our environment generally. Please call or write your own House member and ask him/her to sign on to a statement opposing anti-environment riders. This is a national campaign called NO MORE RIDERS. For more info, see our Conservation Alert at our web site at http://www.njaudubon.org

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. URL is 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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