This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 15, 1992 at 1:30 pm with reports of SNOWY OWL, GYRFALCON, EIDERS, HARLEQUIN, RAZORBILL, BREWERS BLACKBIRDS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, ICELAND GULLS, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, EURASIAN WIGEON, DICKCISSEL, HENSLOWS SPARROW, an extralimital, and local reports.
The SNOWY OWL continues on Caven Pier, on the barges, at Liberty State Park in Jersey City; take exit 14-b, NJ Turnpike. A SNOWY OWL has also been present this week at Barnegat Light between 4th and 8th St. on the dunes; and one was reported again at Holgate this week.
A GYRFALCON was again reported Jan. 15 at Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst at the construction site, being harrassed by crows. Reach it from exit 16-w of the NJ Turnpike, Rt. 3 West, and Rt. 17 South via Valley Brook Ave. The EIDER outbreak continues this week, with 2 KING EIDERS at Sandy Hook, usually off parking area F; 10 COMMON EIDERS at Barnegat Light with 7 HARLEQUINS; and a mix of eiders at Stone Harbor Point, with 3 KING EIDERS and 12 COMMON EIDERS there on Jan. 11-12. A RAZORBILL was at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 9. KITTIWAKES and BLACK-HEADED GULL were also at the inlet during the week, and a BLACK-HEADED GULL was also at Twilight Lake in Bay Head. Elsewhere on the North Shore, an ICELAND GULL was at Shark River Marina; a EURASIAN WIGEON at Lake Takanassee, and a CHAT was at the Brookdale Barn at Sandy Hook on Jan. 11.
In Salem County, at Apple Blossom Farm on the Ft. Elfsborg Rd., 50 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS came in at 4 PM on Sat., Jan. 11. Just down the road and around the corner at the intersection of Money Island Rd. and Acton Farm Rd., a DICKCISSEL was feeding with the chickens and 50 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
The NORTHERN SHRIKES continue at the north end of Paulins Kill Lake in Sussex Cty. and also on Pleasant Plains Rd in the Great Swamp, mostly near the ninety-degree turn, on the right. A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was found in the Ridgewood Park section of Overpeck Park in Bergen Cty. on Jan. 11. BALD EAGLES this week were on the upper Delaware; on Little Swartswood Lake, and at Manahawkin at the end of Stafford Ave.
An extralimital MEW GULL is at Blue Marsh Lake, near Reading, in Pennsylvania. For updated information call the Lehigh Valley hotline at (225) 759-8772. This is a first record for PA.
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.