Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/31/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 31, 1996, at noon, with reports of DOVEKIE, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, LITTLE GULL, COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, COMMON REDPOLL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, local reports, and notice of a hearing on new HORSESHOE CRAB harvest regulations giving added protection to the shorebirds that feed on crab eggs in Delaware Bay; the notice follows the bird reports.

Three DOVEKIE were found in Cape May County during the week.

At Barnegat Inlet Jan. 28 were ICELAND GULL, LAUGHING GULL, RED KNOT, 12 COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, 15 HARLEQUIN; no sign of previously reported WESTERN GREBE.

RED-NECKED GREBES this week were reported at Manasquan Inlet and Shark River Inlet (Belmar).

Elsewhere on the North Shore this week, a first year COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen at Silver Lake and also at the mouth of the Shark River Inlet on Jan. 26. An ICELAND GULL was at Lake Como Jan. 27. A second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach near Manasquan Inlet on Jan. 26. A first-year male KING EIDER was at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 29. EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch. A LITTLE GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were on Sandy Hook Jan. 27.

REDHEADS this week were on Round Valley; Lake Takanassee; Spermaceti Cove, Sandy Hook; and also at Hackensack Meadows Environmental Center, Lyndhurst. At HMEC Jan. 25 were also 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL. Another LESSER was at Sawmill Creek Jan. 29, and another ICELAND was at Liberty State Park Jan. 25. For the 5th consecutive year, the ICELAND GULL returned to Oldham Pond, on High Mountain Road in North Haledon, near the NJAS Franklin Lakes Nature Center. It was seen Jan. 28.

Three HARLEQUIN DUCKS were at the Perth Amboy Marina Jan. 30. NORTHERN SHRIKES this week included one on Valley Brook Rd. in Lyndhurst; also, at the Allendale Celery Farm (with a RUSTY BLACKBIRD); and 2 on Pleasant Plains Rd. in the Great Swamp, and one on Coombs Hollow Rd. in Mendham near Doby Road.

At Brigantine (Forsythe) Refuge there were SNOW BUNTINGS, a EURASIAN WIGEON, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL during the week. A flock of COMMON REDPOLLS were at Thunder Mountain, near Peters Valley, January 30.

A new proposal has been advanced by NJ Fish & Game/Marine Fisheries to close harvest of HORSESHOE CRABS on Delaware Bay during May, except for 2 nights per week hand-harvest in the back bays and tidal creeks. The Division of Fish & Game has scheduled a hearing to solicit comment on Feb. 6, Tuesday, at 7 PM at Dennis Township Municipal Building, 571 Petersburg Rd. (Rt. 610), Dennisville, NJ 08214. Copies of the proposal are available at the hearing. A good turnout in support of these changes would be good for crabs and birds - thanks.

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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