Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/16/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, January 16, 1991, at 3 PM with reports of Western Tanager, Eared Grebe, Thick-billed Murre, Razorbill, Thayer's Gull, Northern Shrike, Eurasian Wigeons, Harlequins, Bald Eagle, Red-headed Woodpecker, Glaucous Gull, seasonal and local reports, and the results of the annual Southwest Morris Winter Bird Count January 13th. A Western Tanager was found Jan. 15 in North Cape May behind the Bayshore Mall at the corner of Ferry and Bayshore Rds. Walk around the fence; the bird was seen at the edge of the trees for 5 or 6 hours yesterday. The Eared Grebe remains at Sandy Hook. Jan. 14 it was seen off the spit in Horseshoe Cove, park in area L for that. Also at the Hook on Jan. 14, Red-shouldered Hawk at Horseshoe Cove, Horned Larks at parking area K, Glaucous Gull at area C, and thousands of Red-breasted Mergansers on the ocean. A Thick-billed Murre was present Jan. 13 and 14 at Manasquan Inlet, seen by 3 or 4 different parties. Razorbill and Kittiwake were reported on the oceanfront off Wreck Pond along with Purple Sandpiper and both loons on Jan. 15. A Glaucous Gull was on Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant on Jan. 13. The Eatontown Arboretum on Jan. 13 had Thrasher, Catbird, Sharp-shinned and Cooper's Hawks, and Fox Sparrow. A Eurasian Wigeon was at Shark River on Jan. 14, and another was at Lake Takanassee on Jan. 9. At Thompson Park in Lincroft on the same dirt road where the Northern Shrike is, a Short-eared Owl and Phoebe were seen on Jan. 13; the Shrike was there on Jan. 9, not seen on Jan. 13, but may still be there. The Island Beach Snowy Owl was not reported to the tape this week but is probably still there; a dozen Harlequins are sometimes at Barnegat Light at the 8th St Jetty, sometimes on the Island Beach State Park side [of the Manasquan Inlet]. Bald Eagles are on Leed's Point Rd north of Brigantine NWR. Oystercatchers are at Longport. A Saw-whet Owl was seen a week ago at the Great Swamp, at the short blind by the feeder. A Thayer's-type Gull was at the Turtleback Zoo seabird pool at 2 pm on Jan. 11, not seen since. We have no updates this week on the Barber Pond or Stony Brook Watershed Northern Shrikes, we assume that they are still there. Another Northern Shrike was reported a week ago at Duffy Rd in Flanders off Rt 206; it was not reported Jan. 12 or 13 despite careful searching. At least 8 Bald Eagles are on the Upper Delaware between the Water Gap and Dingman's Ferry. Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Rahway River Park in the city of Rahway behind the swimming pool; Short-eared Owls continue at Manahawkin at the end of Stafford Ave and the AT&T Rd; and are also being seen at Alpha in Warren County, on Oberly Rd off Rt 519. Also at Alpha, Lapland Longspur, Rough-legged Hawk, and Horned Lark. Best time is the last hour or so of daylight. The Southwest Morris Count on Jan. 13 had 78 species, the second highest total ever, with 4 new species: Barn Owl, Bufflehead, Rough-leg and Snow Bunting. 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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