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This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Sept. 18 with reports of a rehab SOOTY TERN, AM. GOLDEN PLOVER, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BUFF- BREASTED SANDPIPERS, STILT SANDPIPERS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, LINCOLN'S and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, WARBLER FLIGHTS, OLIVE-SIDED and YELLOW- BELLIED FLYCATCHERS, PHILADELPHIA VIREO, DICKCISSEL, and a note about a source of exotics in the state.

A SOOTY TERN was found in Newton, Sussex County Sept. 8 in exhausted condition and brought to a rehab. It is recovering and, as of Sept. 15, was expected to be released shortly on the coast when it is strong enough. Birds at Brig this week included a female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on the north dike Sept. 11; and GOLDEN PLOVER, RED KNOT, STILT SANDPIPER and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER and WILSON'S PHALAROPE on Sept. 14.

Sept. 14 was a good day all around. Cape May had thirty warblers including MOURNING and CONNECTICUT, multiple OLIVE--SIDED and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHERS and PHILADELPHIA VIREOS. Palmyra the same day had 19 warblers including CONNECTICUT and PHILADELPHIA VIREO; Sandy Hook on the 14th had a DICKCISSEL and WILSON'S WARBLER at the north end, a MOURNING WARBLER in the garden, a PHILADELPHIA VIREO in area E parking lot, CASPIAN and ROYAL TERN and GOLDEN PLOVER on the spit at Spermaceti Cove. A PHILADELPHIA VIREO was there on Sept. 16 on the path near the ranger station.

On Sept. 15, Palmyra reported 18 species of warbler, including MOURNING and YELLOW-BELLIED FLYCATCHER. Dorbrook park on Sept. 15 had a LINCOLN'S SPARROW and on the 16th a CLAY-COLORED. The most interesting story of the week came from a sod farm in Salem County. On Sept. 12, the farm had 10 GOLDEN PLOVER, 18 BUFF-BREASTS and an UPLAND SANDPIPER. The farm was since treated with pesticides; and Sept. 15, there was not even a Killdeer.

A birder at Great Adventure Sept. 8 discovered a source of exotic species showing up around the state, including 50+ EGYPTIAN GEESE (unbanded and flying); 5 BLACK SWANS (one on a nest with eggs); and 2 CAPE BARREN GEESE (also Australia).

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 Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org [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. 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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