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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/23/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, August 23, 1990. This week's tape includes a mixed bag of shorebirds and passerines. The South Cape May Meadows in Cape May produced a LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER on the 20th of August. Another GOLDEN PLOVER was a flyby on the 18th. Two birders, birding near Rio Grand, had a third GOLDEN PLOVER on the 19th of August in a recently harvested lima bean field. The same field held 2 UPLAND SANDPIPERS. Sounds like GOLDEN PLOVER time in Cape May. And HUDSONIAN GODWIT; one of these was seen from the Bunker at Cape May Point. Brigantine Refuge was hot on August 22. One of NJ's best-known birders reported that it was the best flight he'd seen there in 15 years. Accounted among his finds were ARCTIC TERN, at least one Reeve, and a CURLEW SANDPIPER. A note passed third-hand to me advises that there were also "seven Hudsonian Plovers" at Brigantine, which is wide open to a number of interpretations. If there hasn't been a recent major classification within the ranks of shorebirds, my guess is that "plover" means "godwit." In the northern part of the state, a MOURNING WARBLER was found near Newton on August 18th, one of a mixed flock of warblers. in Cape May on August 15th, 20 species of warblers were seen at Higbee Beach, and although not a migrant, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also seen at Higbee August 19th. This tape is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society and is (usually) updated at noon on Wednesdays. Please report sightings of tape-worthy birds to Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary at (201) 766-5787; otherwise they go unreported. [Pete Dunne is the voice of NJ Audubon while R. Kane vacations. 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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