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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/7/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Jan 7 with reports of MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, TUFTED DUCK, N. SHRIKE, RECORD CHRISTMAS COUNTS, FINCH and local reports.

The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER is still in the same thicket in the beanery in Cape May.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at Palmyra Dec 26 and 28, and another ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the big thicket south of Lake Takanassee Jan 3 and 4 (both birds on counts!).

BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was at Horseshoe Cove in Sandy Hook Jan 5-park in the median lot beyond the ranger station, walk north to the road with the gate, and walk down to the shore of the cove. The TUFTED DUCK was seen at Sandy Hook Jan 1--most often in Spermaceti Cove.

COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER and HARLEQUIN continue at Barnegat Light; also BROWN PELICAN there. EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Stockton Lake in Manasquan. Other shore reports are: 3 COMMON EIDER off Monmouth Beach Jan 3; MARBLED GODWITS at Brigantine island and Nummy Island Jan 5; SHORT-EARED OWLS on Leeds Point road Jan 2 and Taylor Lane in Barnegat Refuge off Rte 9 Jan 5; HARLEQUIN at Manasquan Inlet Jan 1; ICELAND GULL at Old Sam's Pond and GLAUCOUS GULL at Shark River Jan 4. The loop road at Brig is closed at the Northeast Corner until further notice.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Lyons, Bernards Twp Jan 4. From Rte 78, take exit 33, Rte. 525 North one mile to the light at Valley Road. Go right on Valley Rd. and right again on Spring Valley into the town house complex. Park in the pullout near the muddy dirt road (need boots). The bird can be scoped from the pullout.

Finch reports this week: RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL flybys at Cape May Point; RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Lake Manahawkin; WHITE-WINGS at Sandy Hook; 400 REDPOLLS and 50 WHITE-WINGS on Clinton Road Jan 5; 14 EVENING GROSBEAKS and 150 WHITE-WINGS on 515 Jan 2.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road. EAGLES were on Lake Hopatcong on Raccoon Island (3), Clinton Reservoir, Manahawkin and Leeds Point this week.

Christmas Counts (all record highs) include: Moorestown, Dec 28, 107 (by 7), with ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, GREAT EGRET, REDHEAD, ICELAND GULL, PIPIT and BARRED OWL (new). Long Branch, Jan 3, 127, with ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and COMMON EIDER.

Barnegat CBC Jan 4, 139, with NASHVILLE WARBLER, RAZORBILL, BROWN PELICAN, GREAT EGRET, SEDGE WREN at the AT&T Road, GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE, RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 25 REDHEADS. The Walnut Valley Count (88 sp) had 16 ducks, including REDHEAD, SURF SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RAVEN, N. SHRIKE, YELLOWTHROAT, 5 of the winter finches, and a roost of 89 BLACK VULTURES. More counts on next week's report.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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