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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/5/2000
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed Jan 5 with reports of review list TUFTED DUCK and EARED GREBE; and other reports of SANDHILL CRANE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKES, BALD EAGLES, GOLDEN EAGLES, SEDGE WREN, Count reports, and local reports of interest.

A female TUFTED DUCK was in the Hudson River in Weehawken near the Chart House, not far from the ferry; reach it from the last exit in NJ off Rte. 3. Two EARED GREBES were seen again January 3 at Lakes Bay near Pleasantville off Routes 322 and 40, from Brenta Road.

The two SANDHILL CRANES continue as of Dec 31 [and as of today, 1/5 --tr.] on Burlington Path Road, Cream Ridge, Monmouth Co. From its intersection with 539, take Burlington Path Road east past Meirs Road and look in the large farm with many silos on the left (north) side of the road (early a.m. is best).

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Lake Takanassee Dec 31, but not thereafter. GOLDEN EAGLES were reported this week on Oberle Road and Snyder Road, Alpha, and on Greenwich St (Stewartsville-an immature), and also at the Coppermine Parking area on the Old Mine Road with BALD EAGLES. BALD EAGLES were reported this week at Yards Creek, Manasquan Res, Boonton Res, Clinton Road, and various sites along the Delaware. A ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was at the Rte. 1 bridge in Trenton Dec 24! A N. SHRIKE was between Walpack Center and Buttermilk Falls in the fields on Jan 2. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in the cedars opposite the Hack. Meadows Env. Center with a KINGLET and WHITETHROATS Dec 30.

The Sussex Count Dec 19 had 95, with EUR. WIGEON on Saginaw Lake in Sparta; VESPER SPARROW in Sparta; LESSER BLACK-BACK on Culvers Lake; 3 N. SHRIKES, one of them on Lasinski Road (Giant Fen) in Hardyston; REDPOLL in Franklin Marsh; and BLUE-WINGED TEAL in the Limecrest area of Sparta. Boonton Dec 26 had 101 species, with 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES at Morristown Airport/Columbia Turnpike; 5 BALD EAGLES; 2 YELLOWTHROATS and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Moorestown Dec 26 had a record 110, with BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, 9 SAW-WHETS, REDHEAD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

Trenton Jan 1 had 83, including VIRGINIA RAIL, PHOEBE, VESPER SPARROW, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 12 WOOD DUCKS. Long Branch Jan 1 had 126, with 3 RAZORBILLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, DICKCISSEL and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Barnegat Jan 2 had 136, with 20 HARLEQUINS, ICELAND GULL, SEDGE WREN at Manahawkin, a singing PINE WARBLER!, PALM WARBLER, REDPOLLS ,PHOEBE and OREGON JUNCO. SHORT EARED OWLS on Barnegat Bay were good this week, with 6 on Cedar Run Dock Road, 4 at the end of Taylor Lane in Barnegat Refuge with a black phase roughleg, and up to seven at Stafford Av, Manahawkin.

Note that the NJAS web site is now http://www.njaudubon.org 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. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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