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
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.