Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/20/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Jan 20 with reports of Review List species including TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BLACK-TAILED GULL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, and TUFTED DUCK, and other reports of ICELAND and BLACK-HEADED GULLS, REDHEADS, SHORTEARED OWLS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, local reports and the results of the SW Morris annual midwinter count.

The Black-tailed Gull re-surfaced briefly in a cloud of gulls Jan 17 at 7:15 a.m. north of Manasquan Inlet between the first and second jetty. It was not refound since.

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen again at the Heislerville WMA on East Point Road in Cumberland Co. Jan 16,17 and 18 about 1.1 miles beyond Main St.

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook Jan 13-- park in the median lot beyond the maintenance area, walk north to the maintenance road and turn left; walk down to the bunker and look for it among the COMMON GOLDENEYE. The male TUFTED DUCK resurfaced at Oceanic Bridge in Rumson, near Sandy Hook.

Also on the shore, a BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Sandy Hook Jan 17 in parking Area Bayberry; another was at Manasquan Inlet Jan 16 with an ICELAND GULL; two ICELANDS were there Jan 17. A dozen REDHEADS were on the bayside of Long Beach island at 86th St. Jan 16, and others were seen this week at Assunpink, Oceanic Bridge, Lake Takanassee, and Wreck Pond.

SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen this week on Imlaystown Road at Assunpink and at Manahawkin. The HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS continue in numbers at Oberly Road, Alpha, with three LONGSPURS also there Jan 17. All three species were also seen at the Ort Farm at the intersection of Rte. 24 and Bartley Road in Long Valley. Six TUNDRA SWANS were on Wanaque Reservoir this week.

The SW Morris annual winter count had a record 91 species with raven on Schooley's Mountain, numbers of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS, a few LONGSPURS, PHOEBE, GREATER SCAUP, HORNED GREBE and MERLIN, all rare on this count.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Review List rarities and updates on rarities should be reported to the Bird Box at 908-647-2357. Send documentation on Review List species to NJBRC at 69 Alexander St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, reporting, faxing, updating, etc.

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