Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/3/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Jan. 3 with reports of Count results, WESTERN GREBE, CLARK'S GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, EARED GREBE, NORTHERN SHRIKES, RAZORBILL, EIDER, HARLEQUIN, MARBLED GODWIT, finches, seasonal reports and a pelagic trip announcement.

A CLARK'S GREBE was reported and photographed at Manasquan Inlet Dec. 28, not seen since. A WESTERN GREBE was reported and well described at the Long Branch Count Dec. 30; the bird was seen off the southern bath house on the ocean at Spring Lake. No additional reports since.

An EARED GREBE and 2 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were at Liberty State Park, Jersey City Dec. 25, along with SNOW BUNTINGS and the usual raptors and waterfowl.

Christmas Count reports follow:

Sussex Co. Dec. 17, 88 species, with LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Old Beaver Run Rd. near Hamm's landfill in Lafayette; 6 NORTHERN SHRIKES at Vernon on Rt 94, Sparta on 94, Luzinski Rd. in Hardyston off 94, Hyper-humus and Beemerville; ICELAND GULL at Andover; 10 REDPOLLS at Sussex Co. College in Newton; and EASTERN PHOEBES at Luzinski and Hyper-humus.

Great Swamp Dec. 16 had 79, with 4 NORTHERN SHRIKES, the GOLDEN EAGLE on Pleasant Plains Rd., and 3 EASTERN PHOEBES.

The Boonton Count Dec. 23 had 97 species; DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANT was new; also LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, MERLIN, GOSHAWK; 5 NORTHERN SHRIKES (2 in Troy, 1 at Denville, 2 at Morristown Airport), RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Verona Park, RED CROSSBILL and 3 SAW-WHET OWLS.

The Middletown, Delaware, Count Dec. 23 includes a piece of Salem Co. NJ; that party had 73, including 1 NORTHERN SHRIKE and 1 ad. male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD on Fort Elfsborg Rd.

The Long Branch count Dec. 30 did 120, with the WESTERN GREBE, RAZORBILL at Brighton Ave., Long Branch; 2 EURASIAN WIGEON at Takanassee; 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES (one in Neptune, the other at Thompson Pk); 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS; a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Shark River Inlet; and REDPOLL.

The Barnegat Count with 125 Dec. 31, had both KING EIDER and COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, KITTIWAKE, BLACK-HEADED GULL at Barnegat Inlet; several LBB Gulls, 6 owls (lots of SHORT-EARED OWLS). The Pinelands Count Dec. 30 had 75 (without all parties); LONG-EARED OWL and SAW-WHET OWL; EVENING GROSBEAK, AMERICAN WIGEON and CHIPPING SPARROW.

The Raritan Estuary Count Dec. 30 had 96 species, highest since 1938.

The 13 MARBLED GODWITS continue at the bridge to Brigantine Island, along with a PIPING PLOVER. McGuire Air Force base has 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SNOW BUNTINGS. Three BALD EAGLES have been at Merrill Creek. EVENING GROSBEAK and REDPOLLS were in Chester this week. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on Rt. 517 at Allamuchy Dec. 26 with HORNED LARKS. Alpha Jan. 1 had a flock of 200 HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Lyons this week. Round Valley Dec. 28 had a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 HORNED GREBES. The Delaware Water Gap has a RAVEN. An OREGON JUNCO was reported on Pheasant Hill Rd east of Rt. 202 in Far Hills Dec. 29. A BALD EAGLE was on Clyde Potts Reservoir Jan 1. Manasquan Reservoir also had BALD EAGLE, on Dec. 28.

Bogan's Atlantis Whale Watch boats go Saturday and Sunday, 9 am to 2 pm on winter weekends. 20 adults limit. In the past, ALCIDS have been seen. For info call 908-528-6620 or 5014. The boat goes from Bogan's Basin, Brielle, NJ.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in NJ. Tape changes Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson] To report to the tape call 908-766-5787 or fax 766-7775. Thanks for calling; good birding.

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