This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, Jan. 2, 1992 at 12:45 pm with reports of SNOWY OWL, HARLEQUIN, EARED GREBE, both EIDERS, EURASIAN WIGEON, LARK SPARROW, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RAZORBILLS, SEDGE WREN, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and BLACK-HEADED GULLS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, DICKCISSEL, BALD EAGLE, POMARINE JAEGER, and local and Christmas Count reports.
The SNOWY OWL at Holgate was seen Dec. 29. The HARLEQUINS at Barnegat continue, at the new jetty, as do COMMON EIDERS, which have been seen at the new jetty, the 8th St. jetty, and from Harvey Cedars. An EARED GREBE was reported Dec. 29 at Holgate, at the jetty nearest the parking lot. Two KING EIDERS continue at Sandy Hook off Parking area F, as of Jan. 1. EURASIAN WIGEONS this week were at Shark River, Lake Takanassee, and at Brigantine NWR.
BLACK-HEADED GULLS this week were at Shark River, at the north end of Riverside Drive off the causeway; also at Point Pleasant; and also, at Spring Lake on the ocean. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Lake Takanassee on Dec. 28th. The LARK SPARROW at Assunpink continues as of Jan. 1 on the east side of Nurko Rd. in the thick hedge. Reach Nurko Rd. via Rt. 539 and Perrineville Rd.
Also at Lake Assunpink on Jan. 1st, a NORTHERN SHRIKE was at the north end of the dike. The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Paulins Kill Lake in Sussex Cty is also believed to still be there, at the north end.
Following are additional goodies in the Christmas Count summaries.
The Elmer Count in Salem County had 30 CHIPPING SPARROWS. The Pinelands Count on Dec. 15 had a total of 81 species, with a LINCOLN'S SPARROW on Burnt House Rd. in Indian Mills, Shamong Township that is still there. The Middletown, Delaware count on Dec. 29 included 63 species in the NJ section of the count, which includes Artificial Island, Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area, and other spots in Salem County. The best birds were: DICKCISSEL at the head of Money Island Road, near the chickens, in a flock of WHITE-CROWNS & HOUSE SPARROWS (this is just east of Apple Blossom Farm where the Brewer's Blackbirds were, a right turn off Fort Elfsborg Rd.). Also, 3 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS on the access road to the nuke plant, BLACK-HEADED GULL at the nuke plant, and SHORT-EARED OWL, CLAPPER RAIL, and six RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Mad Horse.
The Salem County Count Dec. 15 had BALD EAGLE and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS in the Supawna - Fort Mott area. The Pelagic Count on Dec. 31 had 18 species, including STORM-PETREL sp., BLACK DUCK, 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, and 2 RAZORBILLS.
The Barnegat Count Dec. 29 had 118 species, including RAZORBILL at Harvey Cedars (gone in a short time), COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, and SEDGE WREN, beyond the "bridge to nowhere" at the Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area.
The Long Branch Count on Dec. 28 had 112 species, including 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ICELAND GULL, a WOOD THRUSH at Welts Park in Ocean, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in Thompson Park (opposite the Christian Brothers Academy in Lincroft) and also CHAT, NORTHERN ORIOLE, & BALD EAGLE.
BALD EAGLES were reported this week at Dingman's Bridge on the Delaware R. and at Brigantine NWR. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at Sandy Hood this week near Parking Area E. Twenty-three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were at the visitor's center at Great Swamp, also this week.
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.