This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 6, 1993, at noon, with a rousing New Year tape, including reports of ROCK WREN, GYRFALCON, SANDHILL CRANE, EARED GREBE, KING EIDERS, COMMON EIDERS, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, THICK-BILLED MURRE, HARLEQUINS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, DICKCISSEL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SNOWY OWLS, Christmas Counts, and local reports.
The ROCK WREN, although missed on the Count, continues in Cape May Point, and was seen at 405 Lincoln Ave. on Dec. 28 and Jan. 1. A gray GYRFALCON was seen by eleven observers at Fairton, Cumberland County, on Jan. 1, but not the next day. A SANDHILL CRANE was seen on Jan. 1 at Bridgeton, Cumberland County, at the dump behind the park zoo.
An EARED GREBE was reported Jan. 2 at the Shark River marina boat slips, with Pied-bills and Ruddies at 4:35 pm by two observers who were not on the Long Branch count. Three or four KING EIDERS, including one subadult male, are at Barnegat Light, as well as 6 HARLEQUINS, SNOW BUNTINGS, and RED KNOTS. And a DICKCISSEL Jan. 3 and 4 was at the corner of 8th St. and the main drag at Barnegat Light, in a tangle with House Sparrows, and bathing in a puddle at the start of 8th St.
A KING EIDER is at the Beach Haven jetty. SNOWY OWLS are at Holgate, and Brigantine Island. A THICK-BILLED MURRE was off 27th St., Brigantine Island, this week. At least 2 female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue on Herbert Rd., Assunpink, at the horse farm. Look for the birds near the manure pile on the right side of Herbert Rd., just beyond the Imlaystown Rd. intersection. They were present Jan. 4 in a small tree close to the road.
EURASIAN WIGEONS were at West Point Island, Lavalette, and also at Marconi Rd., Shark River, also at Lake Takanassee at Long Branch. Two WHITE-FRONTED GEESE are now at Squibb Pond in Lawrenceville off Route 206. Other birds are detailed, with location if known, in the Christmas Count reports which follow.
Cumberland, Jan. 1, had at least 128 species with not all territories in, including the GYR and the CRANE, VESPER SPARROW, and BALD EAGLES. Marmora, Jan. 3, no total yet but they had WILD TURKEY, PHOEBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE, and BARRED OWL. Belleplain Dec. 27 had at least 114 species with 2 territories still out, lots of EAGLES, PHOEBES, BARRED OWLS, SAW-WHET OWLS, and SHORT-EARED OWLS.
Cape May Dec. 20 had 148 species, including CLAY-COLORED SPARROW (new for the count) at the Villas Municipal Utilities facility; BLACK-HEADED GULLS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Reed's Beach, SEDGE WREN at Goshen Landing, 2 PHOEBES at the Beanery, NASHVILLE WARBLER and CHAT in the woods behind the Acme in North Cape May, 10 FORSTER'S TERNS at the ferry terminal, 2 HARLEQUINS and 7 COMMON EIDER, one KING EIDER at the Coast Guard jetties.
On the Middletown, Delaware count, on Jan. 3, the Salem, NJ, area had 71 species, including 750,000 blackbirds, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 32 SNIPE on Ft. Elfsborg Rd., 3 BLACK-HEADED GULLS at the nuke plant, one GRASSHOPPER SPARROW at Mad Horse, and COM. YELLOWTHROATS at Artificial Island.
The new Pocono Environmental Center count, Jan. 3, including parts of Pennsylvania and NJ, had 65 species, and in the Sussex/Warren NJ portion, there were 3 BALD EAGLES, one TOWHEE, and one NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Walpack Inn on Rt. 615.
Barnegat on Jan. 3 had 120 species, including GREAT EGRET, SNOWY OWL at Holgate, SEDGE WREN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CHAT, DICKCISSEL, and one ALCID species, also two REDHEADS on Lake Manahawkin. The Long Branch count Jan. 2 had 139 species, including LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, 3 REDHEADS on Franklin Lake, and a HARLEQUIN on the jetties off Fletcher Lake.
Trenton Marsh Jan. 2 had 76 species including GREAT CORMORANT, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PHOEBE, SAW-WHET, 78 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, SNOW GOOSE, 12 WINTER WRENS, and 750,000 blackbirds, 75% Redwings.
Other reports of interest are: BALD EAGLE and BLACK VULTURE at Swartswood Lake; WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW on Plains Rd., Lafayette; a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE hybrid at Merrill Creek; 3 BALD and one GOLDEN EAGLE on Old Mine Rd. on the Delaware R.; CROSSBILLS heard on Rt. 515 in the spruce groves, Sussex County; and BLACK VULTURES in Bernardsville, Bedminster, and Gladstone.
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.