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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 9/6/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Sept. 6, 1995, at noon, with reports of BAND-RUMPED STORM PETREL and other pelagics; AVOCETS, PHALAROPES, and other shorebirds; ANHINGA, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, and local reports of interest.

A pelagic trip Sept. 3 had BAND-RUMPED STORM PETREL, 30 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 12 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 12 WARBLER species, one BAT and a HAWKS-BILL turtle. Another pelagic on a tuna boat Sept. 4 went 75 miles out and had 1 GREATER SHEARWATER, 26 CORY'S SHEARWATERS, 22 AUDUBON'S SHEARWATERS, 125 WILSON'S STORM PETRELS, 4 POMARINE JAEGERS, ARCTIC TERN, a MARSH WREN on board, 8 LOGGERHEAD TURTLES, and one LEATHERBACK TURTLE.

With the recent drought, Whitesbog has been a hot spot. See Boyle's book for directions. Whitesbog had: a LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE Aug.31 and Sept. 1; AVOCETS on Sept. 2 & 3; also, over the Labor Day weekend, all five PEEP, LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, STILT SANDPIPER, and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER.

At Brig this week, a RED PHALAROPE was at F9, and from 3 to 7 RED-NECKED PHALAROPES were at F11 on the South Dike, East Pool. Also, up to 13 BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS were seen on the north dike at B5-6 close to the stubble.

Near Elmer in Salem County, there were 74 GOLDEN PLOVERS on the sod farm on Rt. 77 toward Deerfield, on Sept. 2. An ANHINGA was seen over Collingswood on Aug. 31. Sept. 1 to 4 there were a few GOLDEN PLOVERS and BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPERS on the Columbus Sod Farms on Rt. 206.

Spruce Run Reservoir has also been good because of the drought. A BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was at the corner of Van Syckle Rd. and Rt. 31 Sept. 2; also there were two WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS Sept. 3, and two GOLDEN PLOVERS Sept. 4. At the Mulhockaway Creek end of SPruce Run, access from the dog-training area on Sept. 2-3, there were SNOWY EGRET, CASPIAN TERN, BALD EAGLE, GOLDEN PLOVER, BUFF-BREASTED SANDPIPER, STILT SANDPIPER, & WESTERN SANDPIPER.

Assunpink on Sept. 1 had 2 CASPIAN TERNS and one BLACK TERN. A EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH was at the Lenape Park skeet range, on the west dike off Kenilworth Blvd near Cranford. A belated report involved 31 HUDSONIAN GODWITS at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center on the draw-down, Sunday Aug. 27; unfortunately the pool was refilled during the week and the Godwits disappeared.

PEREGRINES were reported this week in Jersey City, at Merrill Creek Reservoir, and at the Driscoll Bridge on the Raritan River.

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.

 
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