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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/17/1996
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday January 17 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, HARLEQUIN, EIDERS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, MARBLED GODWIT, COMMON REDPOLL, GOLDEN EAGLE, seasonal reports, and the results of the 12th annual SW Morris winter count.

A WESTERN GREBE was seen at Barnegat Inlet January 13 at the base of the lighthouse. Also there are KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER and HARLEQUIN. NORTHERN SHRIKES reported this week include one Jan. 15 on Fort Elfsborg Road, Salem County; one continuing in Great Swamp Jan. 14 on Pleasant Plains Road, near the closed bridge (and the Golden Eagle is still there as well); another Shrike on Coombs Hollow Road, off Calais Road near the Mendham-Randolph town line; and a Shrike at Rock Road, Long Valley, near Schooley's Mountain Park, the latter two found on the SW Morris count January 14.

LAPLAND LONGSPURS were with SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS in Moorestown Jan. 14, at Centerton and Hartford Roads. Other Longspurs were on Point Airy Road in Gloucester County, also with larks and buntings. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Indian Mills Lake, in Burlington County, Jan. 14. Another was at Bayshore and New England Roads, Cape May, with Canadas, Jan. 10; and two SANDHILL CRANES were there January 11.

Also in Cape May was a COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL Jan. 10 at the Point. MARBLED GODWITS were seen in the town of Brigantine on low tide Jan. 14, on the west side of Brigantine Blvd. a half mile north of Harrah's with OYSTERCATCHERS. COMMON REDPOLLS were reported Jan. 14 in Ironia at the Black River WMA and at Redbank Jan. 16.

The 12th annual SW Morris Winter Count on Jan. 14 had 77 species, third highest total, with PIED-BILLED GREBE new for the count. Highlights were N. GOSHAWK at the WMA in Ironia, the 2 N. SHRIKES reported above, COMMON REDPOLL, REDHEAD, BARN OWL, SNOW BUNTING, EVENING GROSBEAK, and a SAW-WHET OWL.

Bogan's winter boat trips for alcids and whales run Saturdays and Sundays, 9 AM to 2 PM, price $20. For info call (908) 528-6620 or 528-5014.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape usually changes Wednesday, more often if necessary. To report birds please call Tuesday at 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for Nat'l Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@pucc.princeton.edu.]

 
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