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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