Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/13/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Jan 13 with reports of BLACK-TAILED GULL, other GULLS, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, REDHEAD, SHORT-EARED OWL, and local reports of interest.

An adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was present Sunday Jan 10 at Manasquan Inlet from 2 to 4 p.m. in the surf with BONAPARTE'S and other gulls; it was present again on Mon, Jan 11 in the surf close to the beach from 7 to 9 a.m., and again from 11:30 to noon. The area of feeding activity is about 100-200 yards south of the jetty. The bird was video-taped on Monday. Other gulls present Jan 9-10-11 were BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and up to 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKS. Please update sightings of this bird on the Bird Box at 647-2357.

The previously reported TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE in Heislerville, Cumberland Co. continues at least thru Sun, Jan 10 about 1.1 miles from Main St, Heislerville on East Point Rd, feeding mostly on the left.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported in a large flock of Canadas in an industrial park just below Princeton on Jan 6.


REDHEADS were reported this week from Little Silver Pond just north of Old Sam's in Point Pleasant; from Sandy Hook in Spermaceti Cove; from Lake Assunpink; and from Lake Parsippany off 287 in Parsippany.

HORNED LARKS in the 100s, SNOW BUNTINGS, and 1 or 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were on Oberle Road, Alpha at various times this week. The Old Mine Road from the Gap to Watergate was open Sun, Jan 10 but was icy and unsafe; Yards Creek was closed Sun for ice removal but should be open this coming week. Alternatives are the King Cole Grove, Rte 46, Warren Co., below the Gap, where the water is open, and Merrill Creek Reservoir. From the Gap north to Dingman's, most of the river has been frozen.

At King Cole on Jan 10, there was a BALD EAGLE, lots of waterfowl including RING-NECKED DUCKS, COMMON MERGANSERS and HOODED MERGANSERS, and COMMON GOLDENEYE, SNOW BUNTING, and WINTER WREN. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were at the Gap, and also at Merrill Creek. Merrill Creek Reservoir also had lots of GOLDENEYES, RINGNECKS, COMMON MERGANSER, BLACK DUCK and a few CANVASBACK; also BONAPARTE'S GULL and BALD EAGLE.

A GRASSHOPPER Sparrow was found on the Global landfill in Oldbridge on the Raritan Estuary Christmas Count Jan 3. Access overlooks Cheesequake Park from Ernston Road east of Rte. 9. A wintering flock of PIPITS is at Edison Park, behind Middlesex County College.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. For rare Review List species and updates of rarities, call the Bird Box at 908-647-2357. Send documentation of Review List species to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for surfing, calling, faxing, updating, etc.

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