Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/30/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, January 30, 1991, with reports of Eared Grebe, Alcids, Eiders, Snowy Owl, Winter Gulls, Harlequin Ducks, Brewer's Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shrikes, Loggerhead Shrike, Eurasian Wigeon, Bald Eagle, Short-eared Owl, Red Crossbill, extralimitals, and local reports. First, the extralimitals. Pink-Footed Goose is on Long Island; call the New York tape. Bohemian Waxwing flocks are in Maine; call the Maine tape. The Barnacle Geese at Cape Cod have relocated at Cotuit at the end of Little River Road; call the Mass. tape for update; and call the Vermont tape on the Hawk Owl in Springfield. Meanwhile, in New Jersey, the Eared Grebe continues at Sandy Hook, off Horseshoe Cove. Park in area L and walk out the spit. On Jan. 24, both Murres and a Razorbill were in Manasquan Inlet. That was the only report of alcids at Manasquan Inlet or on the North Shore this week. The alcids have typically not been present very long each time they do show up, but thus far on the North Shore Manasquan appears to be the best place. A Razorbill continues at Poverty Beach in Cape May on January 28, and an Iceland Gull was there Jan. 26. Elsewhere on the shore, six King Eiders continue on the southern tip of Island Beach State Park; Harlequins are at the 8th Street Jetty in Barnegat Light. Snowy Owl was seen this week at Island Beach at the second bath-house. Two Eurasian Wigeons, two Redheads and a Black-headed Gull were present at Shark River Inlet on Belmar Blvd., Jan. 27, on low tide. Jan. 28 was a good gull day on the shore; Lesser Black-backs were at Takanassee Lake in Long Branch, and Twilight Pond in Bay Head; Glaucous Gull was on Wreck Pond Jan. 29; and Black-headed Gull on Manasquan Inlet with 5 Kittiwakes. Salem County also has goodies. On Jan. 26, 10 Brewer's Blackbirds were on the Fort Elfsborg Road south of Salem, at Apple Blossom Farm; and two Yellow-headed Blackbirds were in the same general area. On South Featherbed Lane, which is a short road off the Fort Elfsborg Road, there were 9 more Brewer's Blackbirds and a Loggerhead Shrike on the wire. N. Shrikes were reported this week at Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area in Sussex County, and at the northern tip of Sandy Hook. The Thompson Park Shrike is believed gone. The Wayne bird at Barber Pond is believed still present. The Stony Brook bird is being seen daily; see Boyle's book for directions to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. The Great Swamp NWR Northern Shrike was not reported to the tape this week. On the Upper Delaware, from the Delaware Water Gap to Dingman's, ten or eleven Bald Eagles were seen Jan. 26 and 27. Also on the Old Mine Road there were fifty-plus Wild Turkeys, Goshawk, Pileated Woodpecker, and E. Bluebirds, and numerous Com. Goldeneyes in the river. Short-eared Owls this week were reported at the Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area, at the end of Stafford Avenue and the AT&T Road. Also the Parkertown Rd., south of Rt. 72 south off Rt. 9, also at the east end of Skillman Rd. in Skillman near the Burnt Hill School; also at Thompson Park where the Northern Shrike was-- in the late afternoon be sure to park your car outside the gate, which closes at 4. Short-ears have also been reported at the Pedricktown spoil banks this week, off Rt. 1 in Gloucester County; and Short-ears are also being seen in the area of the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst. Red Crossbills were reported one day only Jan. 24 at Sandy Hook at parking area G, not since. Black Vultures were seen this week at Lambertville, Bernardsville, and in Salem County. A King Eider was at New Brunswick Ave., Lavallette, on Jan. 28. Other King Eiders were at the Cape May Ferry on the Lewes, Delaware, side. A Lesser Yellowlegs was in the Manasquan Inlet off Channel Drive on Jan. 26; Purple Sandpipers are at Manasquan Inlet and Island Beach. The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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