This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1993, at noon, with reports of ROCK WREN, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOWY OWL, RAZORBILL, THICK-BILLED MURRE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, HARLEQUINS, KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, DICKCISSEL, and local reports.
The Rock Wren was still present in Cape May Point at 405 Lincoln Ave. this week. Take Lake Drive from Lily Lake to the Gingerbread Church, and turn right on Lincoln. The two female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue at the horse farm on Herbert Rd., on the way into Assunpink. On Jan. 19, they were with the Horned Larks; earlier this week, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was also seen there in the Horned Lark flock.
Two WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a barnyard Whitefront-hybrid have been wintering in the Squibb Pond, Lawrenceville, area. If the wild birds are not at Squibb on Rt. 206, they may be at ETS headquarters on Rosedale Rd. in Princeton, one mile from Squibb. From Squibb, go out the side entrance, take Provinceline Rd. to the light at Rosedale, turn left on Rosedale and go a short distance to the ETS entrance.
At the Meadowlands racetrack Saturday night, Jan. 16, a birder with a losing horse hit the consolation prize: a SNOWY OWL, which cleared the bleachers of pigeons about 11 PM.
RAZORBILLS were at the Manasquan Inlet Jan. 15 and 18, and a THICK-BILLED MURRE was between the jetties there on Jan. 14. Six HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light, on the new jetty in the inlet, and KING EIDERS were at the 8th St. jetty on Jan. 18. The DICKCISSEL at the beginning of 8th St. in Barnegat Light was reported once during the week.
The only ICELAND GULL report was of one at Ocean County park, Rt. 88 in Lakewood, on Jan. 13. EURASIAN WIGEONS were present off and on this week at Liberty State Park in Jersey City; at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch; and at West Point Island, Lavallette. REDHEADS were seen this week at Lake Manahawkin on Rt. 72 near Rt. 9.
Among the local reports this week: the Southwest Morris Winter Bird Count had 81 species including a SWAINSON'S THRUSH and two PHOEBES. A GREAT EGRET was at Roger's Refuge in Princeton on Jan. 19. WILD TURKEYS were along the river Jan. 16 at the Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville. A large flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, perhaps as many as 60, is at the picnic area at the east end of Trenton Marsh. BALD EAGLES continue at Brigantine NWR and on the upper Delaware River above the Water Gap. Large flocks of wintering TREE SWALLOWS, in the hundreds, are at Holgate, and also at Brigantine NWR. Brig also had 160 TUNDRA SWANS and 90 HORNED GREBES on Jan. 17. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on Clyde Potts Reservoir in Mendham on Jan. 16; a CATBIRD is at Eatontown Arboretum at the end of Byrnes Lane.
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.