This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 27, 1993, at noon, with reports of ROCK WREN, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUINS, SNOWY OWL, RAZORBILLS, THICK-BILLED MURRES, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS, and BLACK-HEADED GULLS, RED-NECKED GREBE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, BALD EAGLES, REDHEAD, EURASIAN WIGEON, and local reports, and also some details on winter boat trips.
The ROCK WREN continues at 405 Lincoln Ave., Cape May Point. Take Lake Drive from Lily Lake to the Gingerbread Church, and turn right on Lincoln. The bird was seen Jan. 23 at the construction site. Also in Cape May on Jan. 23, a SNOWY OWL on the Yale Ave. jetty, and KITTIWAKE and COMMON EIDER at Poverty Beach at the east end of Beach Ave. in Cape May.
Nine HARLEQUINS continue on the new jetty at Barnegat Inlet, and 5 KING EIDERS off and on are at the 8th Street jetty. Also there, RED KNOT, SNOW BUNTING, and a DICKCISSEL, hard to find in the House Sparrow flock at the start of 8th St. A SNOWY OWL was at Holgate on Jan. 21, as well as an AMERICAN BITTERN. Four RAZORBILLS, three KITTIWAKES, and a second-year GLAUCOUS GULL were at Manasquan Inlet on Jan. 23.
Two boat trips, on Jan. 23 and 24, on the ATLANTIS out of Brielle, a whale watch boat, had good whales and good alcids. On Jan. 23, the boat had a RED-NECKED GREBE in the Brielle Inlet near the Railroad bridge; 15 RAZORBILLS, lots of KITTIWAKES, and Finback whales. The Jan. 24 trip had 20 RAZORBILLS, 22 large alcids, unidentified, probably Razorbill, and 2 THICK-BILLED MURRES, as well as 5 Finback whales. The ATLANTIS, one of Bogan's boats, out of Brielle, offers whale watch trips for as long as the whales last, on Saturday and Sunday 9 AM to 2 PM, for $18. Call (908) 528- 6620 for information. The alcids are 2-4 miles out, the whales are 5-6 miles out. Also, the Cape May Bird Observatory is planning a boat trip on Feb. 15, 50 miles out, for info call CMBO at (609) 884-2736.
An ICELAND GULL was in Pennsauken at the Woodbine Inn on Rt. 73 near the Delaware, on the mudflats and dump, on Jan. 23. An adult COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was at South Amboy Jan. 22 near the old spot at the creek mouth. From the Raritan Commuter Parking on the Garden State Parkway turn right on Bordentown Ave., take it to the end, jog left and take George St. all the way to the Yacht Club and park. Walk to your right down the beach to the creek mouth where the gulls concentrate. The bird was with 60 BONAPARTE'S.
The BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue off and on on the horse farm on the way into Assunpink. Morning seems to be best. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the Medford Wildlife Management Area on Jan. 23 in Burlington Co. Some 55 BALD EAGLES are on the Upper Delaware R. from Warren Co. NJ up to the Mongaup Reservoir in NY State. From 7 to 17 birds are being seen between the gap and Dingman's Bridge.
Following are local reports. WILD TURKEYS are being seen at the Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville near the river at the bottom of the fields. REDHEADS continue on Lake Manahawkin at Rt. 72 and 9. EURASIAN WIGEON was on Franklin Lake on Throckmorton Ave. in Eatontown Jan. 26. Liberty State Park had OLDSQUAW and SURF SCOTER on Jan. 21. Caven Pier is now closed, having been declared unsafe after the storm. The south shore of Raritan Bay from Cliffwood Beach to Leonardo has good numbers of GOLDENEYE, HORNED GREBE and OLDSQUAW. A PHOEBE was at Mountain Lake in Warren Co. Jan. 21, along with COOT, PIED-BILLED GREBE, and BLUEBIRDS. N. SHOVELERS were present this week at the E. Brunswick Civic Center and also at Roxbury Pond in Roxbury, Morris Co. GADWALLS were at Johnson Park, New Brunswick, off Rt. 18, Jan. 23.
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.