Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/8/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, Jan. 8, 1991, at 5 PM with reports of Eared Grebe, Western Kingbird, Greater White-fronted Goose, Snowy Owls, Eiders, Harlequins, Razorbills, Kittiwakes, Little Gull, Eurasian Wigeons, Northern Shrikes, Short-eared Owls, Red-necked Grebes, Glaucous Gull, Longspurs, late Chirstmas Count reports, and local reports of interest. The Eared Grebe continues off and on in Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook. Likewise the Western Kingbird at Sandy Hook, which is being seen in two places - Parking area G and the Maintenance area - as of Jan. 2 and 5, and likewise a Northern Shrike at Sandy Hook, seen at area J on Jan. 1, and at area K on Jan. 2. More about Sandy Hook in a minute. A Greater White-fronted Goose of the Greenland race was reported with Canadas at the Somerset County Environmental Center on Lord Stirling Rd. in Basking Ridge on Jan. 5; no further information since. A Snowy Owl is coming at dusk to the lights at Liberty State Park, Jersey City; where it is during the day, no one knows. The Island Beach Snowy Owl is still there. Saturday Jan. 5 was the day to be on the North Shore. One lucky party did as follows: at Sandy Hook, a Red-necked Grebe and a King Eider off Parking area B; 2-3 Lapland Longspurs at North Beach; 2 Razorbills and a Kittiwake off Wreck Pond; an adult Little Gull and Kittiwake at Manasquan Inlet; Redhead at Twilight Pond; and finished off with the Northern Shrike at the Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed. [transcriber's note: Actually I saw the Shrike the *following* day.] Not bad, you say; well, how about this party, same day, Jan. 5 at Island Beach State Park only: his list read, 24 Razorbills along the beach, Kittwake, 2 Red-necked Grebes, and near the jetty, 5 King Eiders and 4 Harlequins; and on the way out of Island Beach State Park, the Snowy Owl at Bathhouse no. 2, just for the icing on the cake. In addition to the 3 or more Eurasian Wigeons on the North Shore, there are 2 more now at Merrill Creek Reservoir as of Jan. 3. In addition to the Sandy Hook and Stony Brook Shrikes, the Thompson Park Northern Shrike is also still there. Exit the Garden State Parkway at Exit 109, go west on Rt. 520 past the Thompson Park sign to Christian Brothers Academy; at the CBA sign turn left into the dirt road, and look along the hedge. A Northern Shrike is also being seen regularly at Barber Pond in Wayne; from Rt 23 take Ratzer Rd east to Valley Rd ; take Valley Rd north to the Hamburg Turnpike; after going though the light for the Hamburg Turnpike start looking on the left for Barber Pond Rd, and turn left into Barber Pond Rd. The Shrike is being seen almost daily at that location and is singing. A Glaucous Gull continues regularly on Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant; a Razorbill was present this week at Shark River Inlet; at Manahawkin on Jan. 3 were imm. Bald Eagle and 3-4 Short-eared Owls. Short-eared Owls are numerous this year: they are at the AT&T road north of Manahawkin; they're at Dock Rd south of Manahawkin; also at Holgate, also at Alpha in Warren County, and they are also being seen on Skillman Rd in Skillman, east of the Great Road, turn at the Post Office. Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Rahway River Park, Rahway, off Rt 27, behind the pool. Turkeys are being seen off and on at the Hoffman Sanctuary at Bernardsville, sometimes pecking on the tail lights of the cars in the parking lot, sometimes in the fields. A Goshawk is being seen near the Hackensack Meadows Environmental Center in Lyndhurst; sometimes out on the meadows and sometimes in nearby Hillside Cemetery. An interesting report was of 7 Bobolinks on Jan. 3 east of the Great Adventure amusement park. Following are late Christmas Count reports. The pelagic count off Brielle held Dec. 20 had ten species, including a flyby Pacific Loon and 100 Gannets. The Marmora Count on Dec. 16 had 123 species including an incredible Brown Booby, a King Eider, Long-billed Dowitcher, and Little Gull. The Cumberland County count on Jan. 1 had 123 species also, including 2 Sandhill Cranes (flybys) at Bay Point, a Red-necked Grebe, and Black-capped Chickadee. 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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