Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/17/1993
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, Nov. 17, 1993 at 10:45 AM with reports of HARRIS'S SPARROW, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, REDPOLL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, PARASITIC JAEGER, HARLEQUIN, COMMON EIDER, EURASIAN WIGEON, and other local reports of interest. An adult HARRIS'S SPARROW was found on Sunday, Nov. 14 at the Organic Farm at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve in Pennington, Mercer Co. The bird was seen again this morning, Nov. 17, in exactly the same thicket. To get to the area refer to Boyle's book. From Rt. 31 in Mercer Co., northbound, turn right into Titus Mill Rd., go past the entrance to the Watershed Reserve, and continue to Wargo Rd. Turn left on Wargo Rd. and go 1/2 mile past a barn and pine grove on the right, which is the organic farm, to a gate on the left where the road turns sharply right, and where there is parking. Park there and walk back a short distance on Wargo Rd. Look for the bird from the shoulder in a thicket next to the compost pile. The bird is very cooperative and visible from the road; there is no need to walk on the farm. The bird was in exactly the same spot during both sightings. Elsewhere, there are two female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS in the same spot at the Hickory Ridge Horse Farm at Assunpink on East Branch Rd., present Nov. 13 and 14. Also around Assupink, PIPIT, HORNED LARK, a variety of waterfowl, and WILD TURKEY. A flock of 40-50 COMMON REDPOLLS were at the Yard's Creek visitors center below Raccoon Ridge Nov. 13, along with a flock of TURKEYS. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was reported Nov. 14 at a Red Pine grove on the way into Steam Mill Campground from Rt. 206 via Flatbrook Rd. Birds at Island Beach and Barnegat Inlet Nov. 12-13 included PARASITIC JAEGER, HARLEQUINS, COMMON EIDER, ICELAND GULL, PURPLE SANDPIPER, SNOW BUNTING, all 3 SCOTERS and a very heavy LOON flight. Elsewhere on the shore, EURASIAN WIGEONS were on both Takanassee, and Marconi Rd. at Shark River this week. There was no report of the WESTERN GREBE since Monday, Nov. 8. Buffleheads and Hooded Mergansers were in good numbers up and down the shore. An American Bittern was at the pond at Mercer Corporate Park, on Rt. 526, Nov. 14; and at Palmyra Nov. 14 were Red-Shouldered Hawk, Pipit, 30 Fox Sparrow, Common Redpoll, and 2 Lincoln'S Sparrows. At Taylor Lane in Cinnaminson there was a Black-capped Chickadee, also Nov. 14. A Pectoral Sandpiper was still in Lumberton Nov. 14. Late Orioles were reported at Medford and at Assunpink over the weekend. On Nov. 15 there were 50 Fox Sparrows at Palmyra - a record, maybe. At Thompson Park in Lincroft there was an Orange-Crowned Warbler on Nov. 15, and a Pileated Woodpecker was in Huber Woods, Monmouth Co., Nov. 16, for those keeping a Monmouth Co. list. A Golden Eagle was at Indian Rock near Delaware Water Gap Nov. 14. 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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