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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/26/1994
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 26, 1994 at noon with reports of SNOWY OWL, HOARY REDPOLL, COMMON REDPOLL, ALCIDS, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED-NECKED GREBE, REDHEADS, ICELAND GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, EAGLES, HARLEQUINS, KING EIDER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, local reports, and one extralimital note: hundreds of BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have invaded Massachusetts, a record flight; keep your eyes open in New Jersey. In New Jersey this week: two SNOWY OWLS were on Holgate Sunday Jan. 23; also there were 300+ REDPOLLS. COMMON REDPOLLS are everywhere, with flocks of upwards of 300 birds reported from Holgate, Sandy Hook, and Liberty State park in Jersey City. A HOARY REDPOLL was seen and photographed by observers familiar with the species in Rockaway Jan. 19-20; the bird is no longer there. This is an extremely rare bird in NJ; any sightings of this species should be written up carefully and reported to the NJ Bird Records Committee. On Jan. 23, Bogan's Whale Watch boat, the Atlantis, out of Brielle, had 18 RAZORBILLS, 2 MURRE sp., KITTIWAKE, & GANNET, and no whales. Trips go Saturday and Sunday, 8:30 - 2:30, $18 ($3 rebate if no whales). For info call (908) 528-6620. EVENING GROSBEAKS continue to be reported in Monmouth County at the feeders in Huber Woods Environmental Center; also at Freehold and on Shark River Rd. in Tinton Falls. A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported from Shark River Inlet Jan. 21, 22, 23, and 24. Sometimes it is under the bridge. More REDHEADS than usual are being reported: 12 under the Rt. 35 Bridge in the Manasquan Jan. 23, with lots of other ducks; 2 at Barnegat Inlet Jan. 23; and 2 in Monmouth Beach at the foot of the bridge over the Shrewsbury into Rumson on Jan. 23, also 2 at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 24. An ICELAND GULL was at Old Sam's Pond Jan. 19. EURASIAN WIGEON was at Shark River and Manasquan as well on Jan. 23. BALD EAGLES were reported this week from the upper Delaware River, from Troy Brook in Parsippany, from Rt. 517 near Hamburg, and from Manasquan Reservoir, and from Mott's Creek north of Brigantine NWR. Mott's Creek on Jan. 23 had TUNDRA SWAN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, & SHORT-EARED OWL in addition to the EAGLE. At Barnegat Inlet there are now a dozen HARLEQUINS and a sub-adult male KING EIDER. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at the end of Stafford Ave., Manahawkin; at Mott's Creek; at Thompson Park, Lincroft; and also in Lyndhurst. A MERLIN was at Shark River Inlet on Jan 22. SAPSUCKERS were at Old Mine Rd. on the Delaware, also at Tinton Falls at Deep Cut Park, and also in Manalapan Township. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Shark River during the week. SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen this week at Holgate and Manahawkin. A new VULTURE roost was reported in Bound Brook. PINE SISKINS were reported this week from Huber Woods, from Berkeley Heights, and from Basking Ridge. One hundred SNOW BUNTINGS were at Sandy Hook Jan. 22 and also that day one REDHEAD was at the drawbridge in Sea Bright. 147 COMMON GOLDENEYE were in an ice hole off Keansburg on frozen Raritan Bay on Jan. 21. SNOW BUNTINGS and RUDDY TURNSTONES were on the beach the same day. South Amboy has open water and lots of waterfowl. 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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