Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/28/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Jan 28 with reports of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, EIDERS, HARLEQUIN, WINTER FINCHES, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, a pelagic trip announcement, a Christmas Count report and local reports.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at the Takanassee thicket was still present Jan 21, not seen Jan 24, and not reported since. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE this week was in the Shrewsbury River near the icehouse, roughly where it was in winter 95-96, in Monmouth Beach.

A female KING EIDER was at Keansburg Jan 26 in a flock of 200 goldeneyes. COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER and HARLEQUIN are at Barnegat Light. EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Stockton lake in Manasquan. REDHEADS continue at Sandy Hook, Takanassee and Lake Assunpink.

Winter finches were slow this week: the only reports were a flock of REDPOLLS and another of SISKINS up along the Old Mine Road along the Delaware; 15 RED CROSSBILLS and 30 REDPOLLS at Oradell reservoir; a few SISKINS and REDPOLLS and one WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Kittatinny Valley State Park, and EVENING GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL and SISKIN in the Chatsworth area.

The usual WINTER GULLS continue at Florence. About nine EAGLES were on the upper Delaware, three at Yards Creek Reservoir, and others on Wanaque Reservoir. About 200 HORNED LARKS are present on Oberle Road.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was among other blackbirds on Ark Road in Medford; take Rte. 70 to Medford, go left on 541, left at the first light and right on Ark Road; look in the farm fields.

The Raritan Estuary Christmas Count with 49 observers Jan 4 had 96 species; highlights were BALTIMORE ORIOLE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

The pelagic trip runs out of Cape May Sun Feb 15, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., cost $50; for info call Capt. Fred Ascoli, 609-884-3939.

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