Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/2/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 2, 1991, at 1:30 PM with reports of Eared Grebe, Common Murre, other alcids, Snowy Owl, Northern Shrike, Red-necked Grebes, Eiders, Eurasian Wigeons, White-winged Gulls, Harlequins, Clay-colored Sparrow, Solitary Vireo, Dickcissel, Red-headed Woodpecker, local and seasonal reports, an extralimital Hawk Owl, and Christmas Count results. An Eared Grebe was still at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook, Jan. 1, and a Common Murre was at the Hook, off parking area C, also Jan. 1. Snowy Owl continues at Island Beach Jan. 1; it was seen at the parking lot of beach number one and later it was seen flying toward the southern tip of the Island. The N. Shrikes continue as of Jan. 1 at the Stony Brook- Millstone Watershed, at Thompson Park in Lincroft, and at Barber Pond, off Valley Rd., in Wayne. Red-necked Grebes were seen at Manasquan Inlet, and off Sea Girt on Dec. 31, and also off Spring Lake on Jan 1. The Round Valley Red-necked Grebe is probably still there also. Two King and one Common Eiders, all brown females, were off Spring Lake on the oceanfront on Jan. 1. Three Eurasian Wigeons continue on the north Shore this week, one at Lake Como, one at Shark River, Marconi Rd., another at Lake Takanassee at the second pond. A Glaucous Gull is trading between Twilight Pond, Bay Head, and Old Sam's Pond, in Point Pleasant. It was on Old Sam's Dec. 31. Female Redheads were present Jan. 1 on Lake Como and Dec. 31 on Old Sam's Pond, where there was also a Merlin the same day. Twelve Harlequins are at Barnegat Light, at the Eighth St. jetty. An extralimital Hawk Owl is at Springfield, Vermont, off Rt. 106 behind the hardware store. Exit Rt. 91 at exit 7. For details and updates, call the Vermont tape at (802) 457-2779. Meanwhile, back in New Jersey, the Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Rahway River Park , Rahway, off Rt. 27 behind the swimming pool. An extraordinary Solitary Vireo was well seen by several observers Jan. 1 in the Oakland Industrial Park in Bergen County at the end of Potash Drive. The Oakland Industrial Park is in Oakland near the Franklin Lakes border, off Franklin Lakes Road near its intersection with Berdan Ave. Pileated Woodpeckers are being seen on the Acqueduct Trail in Jockey Hollow; Turkeys continue at the Great Swamp on the Meyersville Rd. and also at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary, Bernardsville; Eagles are on the Delaware River in Worthington State Park. Other reports with compressed directions when they are known are included in the following Christmas Count Reports. Lakehurst Dec. 15 had 112 species, including 3 Razorbills in Manasquan Inlet, 7 unidentified alcids, and Iceland Gull and Red-necked Grebe off Seaside Park on the ocean front. A Thick-billed Murre was present in the count period, in Manasquan Inlet Dec. 16 and 17. The Gloucester County count Dec. 30 (total unknown) had a N. Shrike in Pedricktown. The Elmer count on Dec. 26 had 25,000 Snow Geese, and a count period Red-headed Woodpecker on Mill St. in Elmer. Raritan Estuary, Dec. 30 with 86 sp. had Laughing Gull, Phoebe, and a count period Goshawk at Johnson Park in Highland Park. The Ramsey count Dec. 29 had 78 species, including a Turkey Vulture roost in Tuxedo Park, now the northernmost winter roost; Virginia Rail, Woodcock, Evening Grosbeak, Barred Owl, and 8 Winter Wrens, all the wrens in the Celery Farm in Allendale. Cape May, Dec. 30, total unknown, had Black-legged Kittiwake in Delaware Bay, Lesser Black-backed Gull at Higbee beach, Grasshopper Sparrow at Hidden Valley on the New England Road, 2 Red-headed Woodpecker, White-crowned Sparrow, 2 King Eider, 1 Harlequin at Hereford Inlet, Dickcissel at Higbee, Yellow-crowned Night-Heron, and 115 Lesser Yellowlegs at Goshen. Princeton Dec. 16 with 95 species had American Bittern for the first time, also a Clay-colored Sparrow at Princeton Pike Park, off Princeton Pike opposite Lewisville Rd., all 3 falcons, 55 Red-breasted Nuthatches, the Shrike at Stony Brook-Millstone and a Common Yellowthroat. Trenton Marsh Jan. 1 had 78 species, including Orange-crowned Warbler on the railroad tracks in Trenton Marsh, Palm Warbler, Yellowthroat, Greater Yellowlegs, and Oldsquaw in the Delaware River. Long Branch Dec. 29 had 115 species, including N. Shrike at Thompson Park, Lesser Black-backed Gull and Glaucous Gull on the County dump, Black-headed Gull at Shark River, 5 species of warbler, 3 Eurasian Wigeons, 2 King Eider off Spring Lake on the ocean, and numbers of Catbirds and Winter Wrens. Barnegat Dec. 30 with at least 107 species had 12 Harlequins at the Eighth Street jetty, Barnegat Light, both Yellowlegs, Bald Eagle, and Great Egret. 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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