This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 15 1993 at 12 noon with reports of NORTHERN WHEATEAR, AVOCET, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PURPLE GALLINULE, local reports and hawk flights.
The NORTHERN WHEATEAR at Rosedale Park near Princeton was present until Saturday Sept. 11 but was not reported Sept. 12 or thereafter. Another WHEATEAR was at Plum Island in Massachusetts over the weekend.
At Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge Sept. 10 and 11 there were 2 AVOCETS, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, several LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, 6 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, BLACK TERN (most of which were on the south dike before the tower) and a variety of warblers in the woods. Three BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were on the Allentown Sod Farm, Rt. 526 off Rt. 539, on Sept. 11.
At Sandy Hook there was good variety on Sept. 12. The PURPLE GALLINULE present earlier this week was not reported Sept. 12 but may still be there. Otherwise on the Hook Sept. 12 PHILADELPHIA VIREO, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, & BLUE GROSBEAK were in the "garden"; PHILADELPHIA VIREO and several warbler species were in the locust grove; a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was at the Brookdale Barn, and a GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was there on Sept. 11. CONNECTICUT WARBLER and WINTER WREN were also at the Barn Sept. 12.
At the Princeton Ave. Woods in Trenton Sept. 11 there was YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER and a WILSON'S WARBLER among other warbler species.
Spruce Run Reservoir, which is very low, continues to get 10-15 shorebird species. Seen in the past week were BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, GOLDEN PLOVER & BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER. Birds are being seen in 4 places, all off Van Syckel Ave.: at the Spruce Run outlet near Rt. 31; also at the cove between the boat launch and the Picnic Ground; also at the cove between the fishing pier and the dog training area; and at the Mulhockaway Creek mouth. The water is so low that the best view of the Mulhockaway shoreline is now from the end of the path through the dog training area. Most of the species, including the GOLDEN PLOVER & BAIRD'S SANDPIPER, have been there, along with a resident MERLIN which is periodically feeding on the shorebirds.
A LINCOLN'S SPARROW was at Overpeck Park in Bergen Co. Sept. 15. A MERLIN was at the Haledon Reservoir near Franklin Lakes on Sept. 15. A good hawk flight over the weekend yielded 21 BALD EAGLES Sept 11 on Raccoon Ridge and 5 on Sept. 12. Chimney Rock had 5 BALD EAGLES Sept. 11 and on Sept. 12 there were 8 EAGLES, 9000 hawks, a kettle of 15 BLACK VULTURES, and 16 species of warblers.
A PEREGRINE has taken up residence on the Pru Building [Prudential Insurance] on Broad Street in Newark.
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.