This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Jan. 8, 1992 at 12:30 pm with reports of SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, LARK SPARROW, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, GLAUCOUS, and ICELAND GULLS, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, local reports, and late Christmas Count results.
The SNOWY OWL continues on the pier and barge at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, most of the time; occasionally it is at Global Terminal. Take Exit 14B New Jersey Turnpike to Liberty State Park.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at the north end of Paulins Kill Lake off Rt. 519 in Sussex County. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE surfaced this week in Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd., Jan 4 by the YCC buildings, and Jan. 5 further up the road near the ponds beyond the 90-degree turn.
Two KING EIDERS continue at Sandy Hook off Parking area F; also at the Hook, an Iceland Gull at Parking area F on Jan. 8, and a GLAUCOUS at area C on the rocks Jan. 6. Barnegat Inlet on Jan. 6 held the HARLEQUINS on the new jetty as well as ten COMMON EIDERS, including one full-adult male.
The LARK SPARROW continues at Assunpink in the thicket on the east side of Nurko Rd. near the corner. Reach it off Rt. 539 from Perrineville and Imlaystown Roads.
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS this week were at Deal Lake, at Marconi Rd. on Shark River, and at Sea Girt, on the beach; two of these were adults. COM. BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Shark River Jan. 4; EURASIAN WIGEONS were at Brigantine NWR, Marconi Rd. Shark River, and Lake Takanassee. REDHEADS this week were at Twilight Lake in Bay Head (three birds), and one-two at L. Takanassee with the Eurasian Wigeon.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in the bushes opposite the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst on Jan. 5. A possible GYRFALCON was reported knocking a Great Black-backed Gull into the Hackensack River near Snake Hill; anyone in the Meadows who sees this bird please report it to the tape. A BALD EAGLE was on Wanaque Reservoir this week, and at the Somerset County Environmental Center at Basking Ridge on Lord Stirling Rd., a VIRGINIA RAIL was seen from the boardwalk late last week and is probably still there. Reach it from Interstate 287, same exit as the Great Swamp.
Following are late Christmas Count reports. Cape May, the queen of the state counts, had 159 species on Dec. 23, including WESTERN TANAGER, seven species of warblers, two SEDGE WRENS at Reed's Beach, and a RAZORBILL. The Belleplain Count on Dec. 29 had 107 species and lots of rain. The Cumberland County Count Jan. 1 had 130 species, including female INDIGO BUNTING, seven SEDGE WRENS (five of them at at Turkey Point), and record numbers of loons on Delaware Bay.
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.