|This is the surrogate Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, August 8, 1990. This week's tape includes sightings of WHITE IBIS, and a migration that's looking up because there's stuff going down.
Shorebirds were the migratory mainstays during the week, reported north to south. But a few species that typically wander this time of year are doing just that, adding spice inland, and the vanguard of the passerine migration has begun--more spice.
From Sussex County, there's a report of approximately 100 peep, mixed LEAST SANDPIPERS and SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, feeding on a dried pond near Paulins Kill Lake, on Swartswood Road. Also seen were GREATER YELLOWLEGS and LESSER YELLOWLEGS and several River Otter.
On Point View Reservoir, in Wayne, a COMMON LOON has been seen since August 9 [sic] ; and on Rt. 31 north of Flemington an immature BALD EAGLE was recorded en passe.
Farther south, on August 7 the Hightstown sod farms produced 25 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 1 PECTORAL SANDPIPER, and 1 LEAST SANDPIPER, not to mention 6 immature LITTLE BLUE HERONS and 4 GREAT EGRETS in nearby lakes. One day earlier at Assunpink, a BLACK TERN and an OSPREY were seen. The sod farms hosted 2 dozen PECTORAL SANDPIPERS that day.
And much farther south, in Cape May, an immature WHITE IBIS was found August 7 on Ocean Drive, in the marshes lying between Cape May and Wildwood Crest.
The week has seen LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER and STILT SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER in the South Cape May Meadows; UPLAND SANDPIPERS have been recorded as flyovers. And finally, to date 10 warbler species have been recorded in migration at Cape May.
This tape is a service of the New Jersey Audubon Society and is updated (good fortune willing) 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 "surrogate" 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.