This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, Jan. 4, 1994 at 4:30 PM with reports of SNOWY OWLS, RAZORBILLS, EIDERS, HARLEQUINS, WINTER FINCHES, AM. WHITE PELICANS, GLAUCOUS & LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, REDHEAD, local reports, & Christmas Count results.
Two SNOWY OWLS were on the tip of Holgate, the southern tip of Long Beach Island, on Jan. 2. RAZORBILLS appeared this week as follows: two at Bradley Beach and one at Shark River, on Jan. 1; from one to six birds at Manasquan Inlet Jan 1 through 4; and also one at Barnegat Inlet Jan. 2. A KING EIDER and four HARLEQUINS were also at Barnegat Inlet Jan 2. KING EIDER was at Manasquan Inlet as well, Jan. 2.
COMMON REDPOLLS were reported this week at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, with 100 birds in the birches near the Nature Center; also a few on Pleasant Plains Rd., where the Barred Owl is also in the spruces, and a Rough-legged Hawk is also present. REDPOLLS are also at West Milford, and in various locations in Sussex Co., including Sandyston, Walpack, Delaware Water Gap, and Layton; and also in Plainfield, NJ.
EVENING GROSBEAK reports are mostly in Monmouth County this week, including Morganville, where a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen pursuing them; also in Huber Woods, where they come to the feeder with some 2 dozen PINE SISKINS; and also Freehold, where they are irregular. There are scattered reports in Sussex Co. as well.
Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS passed Sandy Hook on Jan. 1. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen briefly at Lake Takanassee Jan. 1, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there on Jan. 1 and 2. Another Lesser was on Lake Como Jan. 2.
REDHEADS were seen this week at Shark River in the marina, also on Lake Como and Stockton Lake, all on the North Shore. EURASIAN WIGEONS were at Marconi Rd. on Shark River, and at Franklin Lake in Eatontown.
Christmas Count reports:
The Pocono Environmental Education Center (PEEC) count, January 2, which includes adjacent Sussex County: 67 species, among them COM. REDPOLL, EVENING GROSBEAK, 6 BALD EAGLES, COM. LOON, and VIRGINIA RAIL.
The Middletown Delaware count, Dec. 29, including adjacent Salem County NJ, had 3 MILLION Grackles, 1000 Swamp Sparrows, and 500 Savannah Sparrows.
The revived Moorestown Count, Dec. 26, turned up about 90 species, including Lesser Black-backed Gull.
The Barnegat count, Jan. 2, had 120 species, with the 2 SNOWY OWLS, RAZORBILL, HARLEQUIN, KING EIDER;
The Long Branch count Jan. 1, 119 species, with LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, REDHEADS, EURASIAN WIGEON, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, and very few misses.
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.