This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 13, 1993, at 11:15 AM, with reports of ROCK WREN, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUINS, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, DICKCISSEL, SNOWY OWL, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, local reports, SPOTTED REDSHANK in Brooklyn, and an additional Christmas Count report.
The ROCK WREN at 405 Lincoln Ave. in Cape May Point was seen again on Sunday, Jan. 10. From Lily Lake, take Lake Drive to the Gingerbread Church and turn right on Lincoln.
The EIDERS and the HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light; the HARLEQUINS at the new jetty, the EIDERS (both species) near the 8th Street Jetty when present. The DICKCISSEL, in the House Sparrow flock at the corner of 8th Street and the main drag in Barnegat Light, was still there on Jan. 10.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues at Brigantine NWR on the east dike. The north dike is closed for four months, to allow division of the west pool into fresh marsh and moist soil habitats separated by a new dike. This should make for good shorebirding when finished. The south and east dikes are now two-way while the north dike is closed. Turn around at the northeast corner.
EURASIAN WIGEON is being seen at West Point Island, Lavalette; at Marconi Rd., Shark River; at Lake Takanassee at the second pond, and sometimes at Franklin Lake in Long Branch. REDHEADS have been seen off and on at Lake Manahawkin, at Twilight Lake in Bay Head, and at Franklin Lake in Long Branch. SNOWY OWLS have been reported at Holgate, and at Brigantine Island; the female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue with a small group of Cowbirds and Starlings at the horse farm at Herbert Rd. at the entrance to Assunpink. Recently the birds have been seen at the manure pile on the right side east of the intersection with Imlaystown Rd.
A SPOTTED REDSHANK continues at the marina on Knapp St., Brooklyn; for details call the NY Rare Bird Alert at (212) 979-3070.
The Raritan Estuary Christmas Count Jan 3 had 83 species, with Yellowthroat, and record highs of both Cormorants, Great Blue Heron, Hooded and Red-breasted Mergansers, Sanderling, and Fish Crows, some of these higher by as much as a factor of four.
Local reports of interest this week were: BALD EAGLES on the Delaware at the National Recreation area above the Water Gap; SNOW GOOSE at a pond in Mendham by Old Hill; COMMON LOON on Liddell Pond, Mendham; GREAT EGRET in Overpeck Park West in Ridgefield Park; SNOW GOOSE on Rt. 206 in Montgomery, Somerset Co.; HERMIT THRUSHES in a variety of places, apparently very common this year.
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.