Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/27/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday January 29 with reports of MEW GULL, GLAUCOUS x HERRING hybrid, an extraordinary concentration of gulls on the Delaware, including numbers of ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and elsewhere, COM. BLACK-HEADED GULL, HARLEQUIN, REDHEADS, BALD EAGLES and GOLDEN EAGLES.

An extraordinary concentration of gulls is in the Delaware River at Florence, Burlington County. On January 24, some 30 ICELAND, 30 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 6 GLAUCOUS GULLS were seen, along with a GLAUCOUS x HERRING hybrid. On January 25, a bird identified as a first winter MEW GULL, not Common Gull, was studied there for 20 minutes. Reach the Florence boat ramp from Rte 130. Take Delaware Ave. west to the river. Go left along the river on River Road to the boat ramp. No point in going Sundays--the dump across the river is closed. The dump is open Monday thru Saturday.

At Sandy Hook, the Harlequin remains at the jetty behind the auditorium. At Manasquan Inlet Jan. 26, there was a first year BLACK-HEADED GULL along with a 2nd winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

The PACIFIC LOON was not seen at Shark River. REDHEADS were well reported this week from various locations: 16 at Merrill Creek Res.; six in Weequahic Park in Newark; 12 at Assunpink; several at Liberty State Park, Jersey City; and others at Manasquan.

BALD EAGLES continue to be well reported. 14 were on the upper Delaware from the Gap to Dingman's Jan 25. An adult was on Merrill Creek Res. Jan. 24. Other birds are on Wanaque (usually 5, with a max of 11). Yards Creek Res. had an adult BALD on Jan 25, and 3 BALD EAGLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE Jan. 26.

For anyone heading to Maine, an IVORY GULL was present this week on the Portland waterfront.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesdays. URL is http://www.njaudubon.org To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

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