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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/15/1995
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed., Nov. 15 at noon with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, PARASITIC JAEGER, KING EIDER, NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED-NECKED GREBE, KITTIWAKE, GOLDEN EAGLE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RAVEN, seasonal and local reports.

The ROSS'S GOOSE continues at the Allentown mill pond; at least thru Nov. 13. The best view is from the cemetery, according to a recent report. Reach it from Rt. 539.

At Island Beach Nov. 11, a PARASITIC JAEGER was hawking food from Forster's Terns at the jetty. Hundreds of N. Gannets and thousands of Surf Scoters passed the beach that day. At Barnegat Light, a young male KING EIDER was close to the jetty on Nov. 12.

RED-NECKED GREBE and NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at Round Valley this week; the Grebe is in the scuba cove [Campers' parking lot -LL], usually, and the Shrike along the road at the north end of the reservoir. At least two, probably three, NORTHERN SHRIKES continue in Great Swamp, both adult and imm. birds were seen Nov. 12. Two were on Pleasant Plains Rd. in different places, and one at the observation blind off Long Hill Road.

At Manasquan Inlet Nov. 12, there were a dozen BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. At Alpha, on Oberly Rd., this week, there were hundreds of AM. PIPITS and HORNED LARKS, and a few LAPLAND LONGSPURS reported on several days.

Hawk lookout reports included GOLDEN EAGLE at Raccoon Ridge, where seasonal totals as of Nov. 10 included 83 BALD EAGLES, 47 GOLDEN EAGLES, and 38 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 31 MERLIN and 32 PEREGRINE. Merrill Creek this week reported GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE and RAVEN.

The strange buteo thought by some to be a Red-tail x Red-shoulder Hybrid last year in Great Swamp is back this year, on Pleasant Plains Rd. in what looks to be about the same plumage.

Widely reported this week were FOX SPARROW, HOODED MERGANSER, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, EVENING GROSBEAK, BUFFLEHEAD and RUDDY DUCK.

Please note that the NJ Audubon Bird Box has a new number: 908-647-2357.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape usually changes Wednesday, more often if necessary. To report birds, please call Tuesday at 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

 
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