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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/26/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Jan 26 with reports of COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON REDPOLL, SHORT-EARED OWLS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, PINE SISKIN, REDHEADS, and local reports.

A full adult male COMMON EIDER was at Barnegat Inlet Jan 22-23; also there 14 HARLEQUINS and 25 SNOW BUNTINGS. At Manahawkin (Bridge to Nowhere) Jan 23 were 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS and EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

At Shark River Jan 19, there were 14 duck spp., including 1 WOOD DUCK, 15 CANVASBACKS, and 9 REDHEADS.

Two BALD EAGLES were on the ice at Lake Assunpink this week; also there was a RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET in full song on Jan 19!

Allendale Celery Farm this week had a NORTHERN SHRIKE, a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and a VIRGINIA RAIL.

Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road has two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK in the area of the gazebo.

Old Mine Road this week had several large flocks of COMMON REDPOLLS, some 50-60 at the Worthington campground and another flock of about 100 at the Poxono boat launch. A SHARPSHINNED HAWK got one of them. Also reported on old Mine Road were BALD EAGLE, BROWN CREEPER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, and COMMON MERGANSERS.

Oberle Road at Alpha had 100 HORNED LARKS, and at least 3 and maybe 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS Jan 20; and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen from the road looking down the lane near the farmhouse (do not trespass down the lane).

We had no reports this week of the Sandy Hook BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, the Cream Ridge SANDHILL CRANES, the Lakes Bay EARED GREBES, or the Bay Point LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, although all of them may well still be present. [The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues despite the cold weather. --transcriber's note]

We had several reports from Burlington County areas of sick PINE SISKINS at feeders. We know of no disease this year affecting them, but the several reports sugggest it wasn't bad seed. No one knows what siskins ingest along with road salts when they obtain grit. It is a good idea to wash feeders periodically anyway during the winter feeding season.

There have been several reports of OREGON JUNCOS this winter. Please remember to send details on this subspecies to NJBRC at the address at the end of this report.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, reporting and surfing.

 
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