Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 7/9/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., July 9 with reports of LITTLE GULL, DICKCISSEL, other grassland birds, seasonal reports and local reports of interest, as well as a conservation alert.

Two LITTLE GULLS continue in the South Amboy area, both first summer birds; on July 3 they were at Laurence Harbor; on July 7, they were at South Amboy on high tide with 12 Bonaparte's Gulls and a group of terns roosting on the spit in the usual spot at the Morgan end of South Amboy. Exit from Rte. 35 north and go down into the cul-de-sac to the railroad tracks.

The DICKCISSELS and BOBOLINKS continue at Brightview Farm in Chesterfield. Get to the intersection of 539 and 537 below Assunpink. From Rte. 539, take 537 west to the WAWA at Rte. 545. Turn right at the WAWA on Rte. 545 north a short distance to the sign Brightview Farm; go right at the sign into the farm lane and proceed straight ahead until you come to a box on the right fence with a logbook. Park at the left so as not to block the farm road. The birds are visible between the logbook and the building ahead on the farm lane.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS are at Colliers Mills. GRASSHOPPER and SAVANNAH SPARROWS are very vocal and visible at the Mercer Corporate Park on 526 outside of Allentown near Assunpink. BLUE GROSBEAK, ORCHARD ORIOLE, YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO and all six swallows were very visible at Assunpink from the lake to the mulberry tree on July 5.

BALD EAGLES were seen this week at Laurence Harbor and Assunpink. Breeding pairs of OYSTERCATCHERS are at South Amboy and Conaskonk Point on Raritan Bay. Birds in the Hackensack Meadowlands this week included a number of SKIMMERS and LEAST TERNS, PIED-BILLED GREBE and COOT with young at Kearny East and large numbers of GADWALL. South bound migrant shorebirds in the Meadowlands and on Raritan Bay were scarce July 5; only SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER and GREATER YELLOWLEGS were present.

On a conservation note, there will be a Marine Fisheries Council hearing at 4 p.m. Thursday July 10 in Galloway Twp. Municipal Library on Jimmie Leeds Road that will deal with the horseshoe crab issue under old business. As a result of the recent moratorium, there will probably be some proposed new regulations that will curtail the crab catch and benefit the shorebirds that feed on the crab eggs. Come and show support for protection of the crab and the shorebirds. Reach the Galloway Twp. Municipal complex from Exit 40 of the Garden State Pkwy. There will be a public comment opportunity, and thanks for your calls in support of the moratorium.

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 Wednesday. 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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