This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1991 at 12:30 pm with reports of LECONTE'S SPARROW, SNOWY OWLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, REDPOLLS, RED CROSSBILLS, LARK SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUINS, GOSHAWK, BALD EAGLE, and local reports.
The previously reported LECONTE'S SPARROW at the southern end of Overpeck Park was found again on Nov. 18, 19, and 20. All sightings have been brief; all were between 8 AM and 9:30 AM, all in the southwest corner of the field, where it was seen by two observers Nov. 20 at 9:30 AM (all other sightings were at 8 o'clock.) The area is on the west side of Overpeck Creek in Ridgefield Park. To reach the area from 46 east, take the I-95 South/Teaneck Rd. exit; follow Teaneck Rd. and the signs for "Theatres" and "Challenger Rd." Turn left on Challenger Rd. and follow it to the end in the park.
SNOWY OWLS this week were reported at Barnegat Light Nov. 14, in the construction site; in Glassboro on a roof on University Ave., Nov. 18; in Franklin Lakes, Bergen Cty.: on a pole in the school parking lot off Ewing Ave. Nov. 14; in Mt. Freedom, Morris Cty., on Indian Brook Rd., on a house, Nov. 18; and Nov. 16 in Palmyra. None of these birds were reported again the next day. NORTHERN SHRIKES were reported from Assunpink Nov. 17 and 18, on Imlaystown Rd., just beyond the Bait & Tackle Shop on the way in to the lake; and at Troy Meadows, at the intersection of South Beverwick and Troy Rds. on Nov. 15, and another at Sandy Hook Nov. 16, between areas C and D on the bayside on the dead sticks.
A LARK SPARROW was on Featherbed Lane, Sharptown, near the stream just west of the Sharptown-Auburn Rd., on Nov. 19. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Caven Pier in Jersey City, Nov. 16; a LITTLE GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Nov. 15, and the same day, both POMARINE and PARASITIC JAEGERS were off Island Beach State Park with thousands of GANNETS. Thousands of KITTIWAKES are being seen this week from Spring Lake south to Island Beach. Three HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Light Nov. 15 on the new jetty. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 2 BALD EAGLES were at Brigantine NWR Nov. 16.
Seven RED CROSSBILLS were at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Township, Hunterdon Cty., off Lilac Drive, on Nov. 15. Reach it from Rt. 31. REDPOLLS were reported Nov. 14, about 30 birds, on Owens Station Rd. in the Wallkill area, near Lake Wallkill Rd. Also there, a Goshawk the same day. Also on Nov. 14, there were 100 REDPOLLS at Pine Island on the NY State line along the Wallkill River, and other birds there this week included ROUGH-LEG, SNOW BUNTING, and HORNED LARK.
Other birds seen at Sandy Hook this week included GOSHAWK, WESTERN KINGBIRD, NORTHERN ORIOLE, GLAUCOUS & ICELAND GULLS; none of them were seen more than once. Two BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS were reported this week, one at the Medford Wildlife Management Area, Burlington Cty., Nov. 18, and one at the Somerset Cty. Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge on Nov. 15.
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.