Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 8/29/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, August 29, 1990. This week's tape includes sightings of shorebirds, mostly, and a few odds and ends thrown in. Most birding activity in the state this past week focused on autumn's perennial hotspots, Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge and Cape May. Although one observer pried a good day's birding out of the Hackensack Meadowlands last weekend, and another turned up a BAIRD'S SANDPIPER feeding on Harmony Farm Pond today, August 29. It's BAIRD'S SANDPIPER time again, folks. Wandering GREAT EGRETS were reported from several inland locations as well. But Brigantine held a RED-NECKED PHALAROPE on the 21st; 80 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS; 294 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS; and one YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD. On the 25th another observer added 5 STILT SANDPIPERS, as well as WESTERN SANDPIPERS and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and also a CASPIAN TERN. Best bird of the week goes to the breeding plumage LITTLE STINT at Brigantine Aug. 27th; no word on whether subsequent observers have had any luck finding it or not. In Cape May twelve large shorebirds flying offshore -- presumably HUDSONIAN GODWITS -- were seen; and this species has been variously reported at Brigantine, with groups of 3 HUDSONIAN GODWIT, and 9, and a single bird, all during the past week. A flight of 600 warblers was tallied from the dikes at Higbee Beach on the 23d; this included PROTHONOTARY, HOODED WARBLERS and MOURNING WARBLERS. But things have been slow on the dikes since that date. A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was seen in the S. Cape May Meadows today, Aug. 29th; hopefully not the only bird [of that species] that will appear there this year. And a CORY'S SHEARWATER was reported in appropriate habitat, 18 miles offshore. This tape is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society and is updated on Wednesdays, usually at noon. Please report sightings of tape-worthy birds to Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary at (201) 766-5787; otherwise they go unreported. Thank you for calling, and for those who are going birding over the long Holiday weekend, good birding. [Pete Dunne is the voice of NJ Audubon while R. Kane is away. 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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