Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/17/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed, Sep 17 with reports of AVOCET, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK TERN, SORA, seasonal reports and local reports as well as an important notice of a Marine Fisheries Council meeting to vote on the new horseshoe crab rules Thurs Sept 25 in Galloway, details after the reports.

Brig re-opened at 2 p.m. Sun Sep 14 with an AVOCET & A WILSON'S PHALAROPE. On Sep 15, there were 3 AVOCETS, a WILSON'S PHALAROPE, a BLACK TERN, a GOLDEN PLOVER, a SORA on view in the NW corner, west pool, and 17 spp of shorebirds.

Higbee Beach had a big flight Sep 13, with thousands of warblers, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER. A BROWN PELICAN was at Hereford Inlet Sep 14. Sandy Hook from Sep 12 to 15 had at least 19 warblers, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, 3 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and CONNECTICUT WARBLER. At the Delaware Water Gap Sep 14, there was a good flight including 17 warblers, YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER, PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a resident BARRED OWL.

Chimney Rock hawk lookout in Bridgewater had 23 Bald Eagles this week, 133 MERLINS with 32 on Sep 13, and WILSON'S WARBLER, WINTER WREN, CREEPER and RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET.

The recently proposed rules to limit the horseshoe crab harvest to hand catch only, with a limit of 100 per fisherman, two days/week in May and June only, and to ban boat harvest will be on the agenda at the Marine Fisheries Council meeting Thursday Sep 25, in Forsythe(Brig) Refuge Headquarters, Exit 40 or 48 from the Garden State. The meeting is 4-7 p.m. Come and voice your support for protection of the crabs and the shorebirds.

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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