This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 12, 1994 at noon with reports of
SNOWY OWLS, REDPOLLS, HARLEQUINS, GLAUCOUS GULL, REDHEADS, SNOW BUNTING, N. GOSHAWKS, seasonal reports and some Christmas Count results.
A SNOWY OWL was in Teaneck January 9 and 10, about 3 blocks from the Hackensack R., near Farleigh Dickinson University. Another SNOWY OWL was still at Holgate on Jan. 9 where there were also seven REDHEADS on the ocean the same day.
HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet. BALD EAGLES this week included 2 on Boonton Reservoir and one in Harding Township. COMMON REDPOLLS were reported this week in Liberty State Park, Jersey City; at Greystone Park on Old Dover Rd., where it crosses the power line; in Parsippany; at Boonton Reservoir; at Troy Meadows; at Worthington State Forest Campground; at Yard's Creek; at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville; at Somerset County Environmental Education Center, Basking Ridge; at the Haledon Reservoir; in North Haledon; also at Merrill Creek; in Leonia; at Greenbrook; at Tenafly, and at Allamuchy.
SNOW BUNTINGS were reported at Liberty State Park, and Black-Crowned Night Herons are there also. WILD TURKEYS were reported on Hillcrest Rd. in Denville. A N. GOSHAWK was reported on Plainsboro Rd. near Cranbury on Jan. 8. BLACK VULTURES were reported this week in Bernardsville, Greystone, Blawenburg, and Hopewell. At Merrill Creek Reservoir on Jan. 10 in addition to 40 REDPOLLS there was a raft of Com. Goldeneye, four REDHEADS, Ring-necked Ducks, and during the week a GLAUCOUS GULL. At Alpha there were 400 HORNED LARKS and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS on Jan. 10.
Now for the Christmas Count reports: The new Merrill Creek count Sunday, Jan. 2, netted 78 species including BALD EAGLES, Canvasbacks, Turkeys, and all 3 Accipiters. The Oceanville count Dec. 18 had a tally of 119 species, including 2 EARED GREBES in Lakes Bay, Pleasantville; 165 Oystercatchers at Brigantine Island, two MARBLED GODWITS, 3 EURASIAN WIGEONS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. The Raritan Estuary count on Jan. 2 had 89 species including 3 sp. of falcons, all 3 Accipiters, all 3 Mergansers, REDPOLLS and SISKINS.
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.