Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/17/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., July 17, with reports of the excellent fallout of hurricane birds in Cape May from Hurricane Bertha and a few other local reports.

Hurricane Bertha left serious storm damage inland in North Jersey and the best collection of hurricane waifs in NJ in recent memory. On Saturday July 13, as Bertha passed up Delaware Bay in the morning, it left a SOOTY TERN at Cape May and a GANNET in somebody's yard! From 1 to 5 p.m. after the center had passed, the following birds were seen off the Concrete Ship: 8 BLACK-CAPPED PETRELS, up to 11 BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETRELS, a LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, a GREATER SHEARWATER, 4 SOOTY TERNS, 2 BRIDLED TERNS and one ARCTIC TERN.

On July 14, one BAND-RUMPED STORM-PETREL was seen from the beach. Two crossings of the Cape May- Lewes Ferry turned up another BAND- RUMPED and a GREATER SHEARWATER. A SANDWICH TERN was at Lewes, not believed to be storm related. On July 15 a SOOTY TERN found near Sunset Beach in weakened condition was seen by many and then taken to a rehab. A Cape May ferry crossing on the 15th produced another likely BAND-RUMPED and an ARCTIC TERN.

Atlantic-side reports produced very little on July 13: a SOOTY SHEARWATER and several WILSON'S STORM-PETRELS were off Shark River Inlet in the p.m.

Elsewhere in the state there were few reports, owing to the weather. A juvenile RED CROSSBILL was found by two observers on Quakerbridge Road about 3 miles south of the Atsion Ranger Station just off Rte. 206 in Burlington. A new YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT location was found at Mercer County Vo-Tech School on Old Trenton Road near Mercer County Park. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES were found this week in the hemlocks in the Princeton University graduate school. BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS and YELLOW WARBLERS were on the move this week. Birders doing atlas work are reporting high numbers of WARBLING VIREO, ORCHARD ORIOLE, WORM-EATING WARBLER and COOPER'S HAWK.

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. after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. 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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