This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 29 1993 at 11:30 AM with reports of GRAY KINGBIRD, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, PINE SISKIN, SOOTY TERN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BROWN PELICAN, shorebird, hawk, warbler and sparrow reports and local reports of interest.
A GRAY KINGBIRD appeared this morning and is still present at the S. Cape May Meadows today, Sept. 29. Call the Cape May hotline (609) 884-2626 for updates.
A belated report of a BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK came from Winfield Park in Union Co. Sept. 18, not seen since. A PINE SISKIN was at Thompson Park in Lincroft in a Goldfinch flock on Sept. 26. The LARK SPARROW at Sandy Hook remained until Sept. 22, not seen since. Birds seen at Sandy Hook Sept 25-27 included 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, CONNECTICUT WARBLER, WINTER WREN, SAPSUCKER, and 12-14 warbler species per day.
A pelagic report 18 miles off Belmar Sept. 28 included one SOOTY TERN, 1 ARCTIC TERN, 2 POMARINE and 1 PARASITIC JAEGER, KITTIWAKE and GANNET. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER were on the sod farm at Columbus on Rt. 206 below Trenton on Sept. 25. LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER were at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR Sept. 26. A BROWN PELICAN was at Stone Harbor Point Sept. 25. At Lyons in Basking Ridge at the end of Spring Valley Rd. Sept. 25 there were 8 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS and 1 AM. PIPIT. In nearby Warren, Somerset Co., Sept 26 there were 7 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS, 1 PHILADELPHIA VIREO and a SORA present on Mountain Ave. near the dairy farm.
Sept. 25 -26 at Palmyra was very good, 22 warblers including MOURNING, and OLIVE-SIDED FLYCATCHER, DICKCISSEL, and 8 LINCOLN'S SPARROWS. Assunpink on Sept. 26 had 10 warblers, AM. BITTERN and WINTER WREN. Rogers Refuge in Princeton Sept. 28 had WINTER WREN and a variety of warblers. The sod farms near Assunpink had only one LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER Sept. 26.
An interesting note: the NORTHERN WHEATEAR tally for the northeast this fall is now up to 17, from the Maritimes to New Jersey and west to Michigan.
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.