Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/21/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Jan 21 with reports of ASH- THROATED FLYCATCHER, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, WINTER FINCHES, WINTER GULLS, and local winter reports of interest.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was still in the Takanassee thicket Jan 17 and 18, feeding mostly on the ground. The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER at Cape May was last reported to the Voice on Jan 10. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, probably the same male reported at Sandy Hook and Keansburg in recent weeks, was relocated at Monmouth Beach Jan 17, off Rte 36 behind the old ice house, near the area where it was the previous winter.

At Barnegat Light Jan 17 were COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER and 17 HARLEQUINS. Off the beach at Keansburg Jan 19, there was a female KING EIDER with about 140 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a few SURF SCOTER. At Brig Jan 17 were BALD EAGLE, TUNDRA SWAN and SHORT-EARED OWL. ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS all continue at Florence. An ICELAND GULL was on Old Sam's Pond, Pt. Pleasant on Jan 18. REDHEADS were on Lake Takanassee and at Spermaceti Cove, Sandy Hook this week, and also on Lake Assunpink this week. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Manahawkin Jan 17.

Two male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were in Burlington County Jan 17- 18; from the intersection of 206 and 38, head east on 38 which becomes 530. Take it to Birmingham (about 2-3 miles); go right on Birmingham and look for blackbird flocks on Birmingham or on Pemberton Rd, the cross road.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road Jan 19. About 60 EVENING GROSBEAKS were on rte. 515 Jan 18, most of them at the feeder next to mailbox 214 at the Vernon township sign. About 15 PINE SISKINS were at Allamuchy Jan 16. A RED-NECKED GREBE and 4 RED CROSSBILLS were at Round Valley Jan 17. Clinton Road had 30 REDPOLLS Jan 17, and 80 were along the RR Tracks off Green Lane in Succasunna Jan 18. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were among Horned larks at Oberle Road, Alpha Jan 19.

The annual SW Morris Winter Count on Jan 18 had 83 species (without one party reporting), including new-for-the-count GREATER SCAUP and RED CROSSBILL; record numbers of BLUEBIRDS, but low MYRTLES and MOCKINGBIRD; PHOEBE, SNOWBUNTING, and a Lot of waterfowl species.

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