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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/30/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for tue Jan 30 with reports of Review List BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, and other reports of SANDHILL CRANE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, SNOWY OWL, ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, SHORT-EARED OWL, REDHEADS, PHOEBE, RED-NECKED GREBE and other reports of interest.

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Sandy Hook was seen Jan 27-28 in Horseshoe Cove near the pilings where a first year ICELAND GULL has also been regular. Also at Sandy Hook Jan 26 were ICELAND and GLAUCOUS GULLS at I-lot, North Beach Pavilion, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Warinanco Park in Linden (off Rtes 1 and 9 via Park Av) was seen Jan 27-28. The Moorestown GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and the BLACK BRANT at Centerton and Westfield were not reported; birds at Haines Drive near Strawbridge Lake sound like they may be barnyard fowl.

The SANDHILL CRANE was at Veteran's park in Hamilton Twp. Jan 27-28, off Hamilton Square Road just beyond Bristol Meyers. Use exit 3 off 195. Florence had ICELAND GULL during the week.

Liberty State Park had at least two and maybe three SNOWY OWLS this week, and a LITTLE GULL which was not found Jan 27-28. One SNOWY OWL is present most days on Freedom Way north of the interpretive center. Park at the interpretive center; take the path down the right side of Freedom Way about halfway, and stop at the circle with benches. From here, look for the owl between two small pines in front of two benches across the green toward the water and the Ellis Island bridge. Birders and photographers should avoid approaching too close. Two SNOWY OWLS were on the barge infront of Caven Pier Friday and one Saturday and Sunday (scope view).

A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the Delaware River just below Foul Rift (off 519) Jan 29. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was on Richline Road near Merrill Creek Sun Jan 28 at 4 p.m. From the Nature Center, exit right on Richline and watch the road edges. Some 100+ RING-NECKED DUCKS and 8 REDHEADS persist in the unfrozen hole in the reservoir visible from the tower outlet. Afternoon is best. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Charlestown Road, Spruce Run off Exit 12 from 78. BALD EAGLES were seen at Hamilton, Branchburg and Yards Creek this week. A PHOEBE was at Assissicong Marsh at South Branch Reservation in Hunterdon County Jan 27.

At Brig Jan 26 were EURASIAN WIGEON, CANVASBACK, ROUGH-LEG and 60 SNOW BUNTING. The same day there were two SHORT-EARED OWLS, two BALD EAGLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE at Mott's Creek. Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue at Manahawkin, along with a RED-SHOULDER. A REDHEAD continues on Lake Takanassee.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Review List documentation goes to NJBRC c/o Laurie Larson, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. BUT note address change as of 2/10/01: 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, reporting, surfing, etc.

 
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