Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/19/1994
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 19, 1994 at noon with reports of COMMON REDPOLLS, SNOWY OWLS, PACIFIC LOON, HARLEQUINS, GLAUCOUS GULL, REDHEAD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BALD EAGLES, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, local reports and the Southwest Morris winter count results. COMMON REDPOLLS are everywhere, north and south in the state, too numerous to report locations. One of the best is Liberty State Park in Jersey City, where there have been hundreds in the birches beyond the Environmental Center parking lot. A SNOWY OWL was seen on Jan. 14 at Hackensack Meadowlands at the Rt. 495 interchange off Rt. 3. Another was seen on Jan. 16 on the Manasquan Jetty, where the PACIFIC LOON was also seen the same day. HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet; GLAUCOUS GULL and REDHEAD were seen at the west end of Shark River along Riverside Ave. Jan 16. EURASIAN WIGEON are still being seen off and on at Marconi Rd., Shark River, and at Franklin Lake in Eatontown. EVENING GROSBEAKS are still in Monmouth County at Huber Woods Environmental Center feeders, and also this week in Freehold. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was reported in December at the Woodland Rd. dead end in the Great Swamp NWR, and is still there as of this date, between the parking lot and the footbridge. BALD EAGLES were reported this week at the reservoir behind the Livingston Mall, 2 adults overhead; at Merrill Creek, one adult and one imm.; at Manasquan Reservoir, an immature bird; at Brigantine (Forsythe), both Bald and GOLDEN EAGLE; and 3 BALD EAGLES are at Mannington Marsh. ROUGH-LEGS were reported this week at the Hackensack meadowlands Environmental Center; also at Brigantine (Forsythe); at Mott's Creek; and at Linden, off the NJ Turnpike. At South Amboy Jan. 16 there were OLDSQUAW, HORNED GREBE, and CANVASBACK; at Assunpink there were 100 HORNED LARKS and one SNOW BUNTING on Nurko Rd., as well as a few WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Leeds' Point Rd. near Brigantine had HERMIT THRUSH, FOX SPARROW and BROWN THRASHER on Jan. 15. An AM. BITTERN was at Manahawkin on Jan. 15 at the end of Stafford Ave. Four GREAT CORMORANTS were on Round Valley Reservoir on Jan. 16. Also that day there were 100 SNOW BUNTINGS and 150 HORNED LARKS at Alpha on Oberly Rd., but no LONGSPURS with them. The Southwest Morris annual midwinter count had a respectable 73 species in the cold of Jan. 16, with 2 species new to the count, 2 BALD EAGLES, and a BROWN THRASHER. Other good finds were a REDHEAD behind the firehouse at the outfall of Lake Musconetcong; also HORNED LARK, SNIPE, AM. WOODCOCK, even a few waterfowl in the freezeup, and REDPOLLS seen by most parties. 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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