Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/23/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, January 23, 1991, at noon, with reports of Black Guillemots, Eared Grebe, Thick-billed Murres, Razorbills, Brewer's and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-headed and Glaucous Gulls, Northern Shrike, King Eiders, Harlequins, Evening Grosbeaks, Goshawk, Bald Eagle, Red-headed Woodpecker, Chipping Sparrow, and other reports of interest. New Jersey continues to be "Alcid City" in one of the best birding winters in recent memory. Black Guillemots, among New Jersey's rarest birds, were seen January 20 at 9 AM at parking area B at Sandy Hook, and also at Manasquan Inlet at 10 AM the same day. Also at Sandy Hook Jan. 20, seen by the same party, were several Thick-billed Murres at area B, an immature Northern Shrike at the northern tip of the Hook, and the Eared Grebe at Horseshoe Cove. Also Jan. 20, another lucky party had the Thick-billed Murre in the same glass with the Guillemot at Manasquan Inlet. The Thick-billed Murre was also at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 21 inside the jetty along with Kittiwake, Glaucous Gull and Purple Sandpipers. A Red-necked Grebe was also at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 20. Meanwhile, down in Cape May, four Razorbills were off Poverty Beach Jan. 20, and 4 to 6 Razorbills were offshore from the Grand Hotel along with 20-plus Kittiwakes. Razorbills were also seen on Jan. 21 off Cape May. There were big Gannet numbers also in Cape May on Jan. 20-21. Six King Eiders continue off the Jetty at the south tip of Island Beach. Up to 12 Harlequins are at the 8th St. Jetty, Barnegat Light. On New Jersey's other coast, more hot stuff. A Black-headed Gull was at the Salem Nuclear Plant on Jan. 17. Also in Salem County on Jan. 17, on Compromise Rd., off Rt. 45 near Mannington, were 3 adult female Yellow-headed Blackbirds; and on the 19th there were 4 Yellow-headed Blackbirds on Compromise Rd. There were Chipping Sparrows on Stow Neck Rd. in Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area. The same day, 20,000 Black Ducks were reported at the Pedricktown Spoil Banks. But the best of Salem was a flock of 50 Brewer's Blackbirds on Jan. 20, on the Ft. Elfsborg Rd. off Hancock Bridge Rd. south of Salem, near the Barn on Apple-blossom Farm. Also on Jan. 20, another Yellow-headed Blackbird was on the access road to the Salem nuclear plant. The poor Northern Shrikes, now relegated to second-class rarity status with all the good state birds around, continue in their reliable places. In addition to the one at the north end of Sandy Hook, the Barber Pond Wayne bird continues on Barber Pond Rd., off Valley Rd. The Stony Brook-Millstone bird continues; off the central path, at the silos go left; use Boyle's book for directions to Stony Brook. And a new Northern Shrike has appeared at Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, Jan. 21 in the fields near the closed bridge. If past experience is any guide, it could be anywhere in the Swamp. Bald Eagles were reported on the upper Delaware River, and on Wanaque Reservoir south. Evening Grosbeaks were reported in Sussex County at the Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area. Liberty State Park on Jan. 20 had Cooper's Hawk, Peregrine and Short-eared Owl. Short-ears are also at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst, also in that area a Northern Goshawk is roosting in Hillside Cemetery. The Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at the Rahway River, in Rahway River Park, and another is in Troy Meadows. The Yard's Creek Pumping Station and Reservoir in Warren County are closed to visitors on account of the Gulf War. No reports this week of the Snowy Owl at Island Beach, but 2 at the airport at Allentown, PA, continue there; no report of the Snowy Owl at Liberty State Park 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.

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