Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/25/1992
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Nov. 25, 1992, at 1 pm, with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, COM. BLACK-HEADED GULL, N. GOSHAWK, BALD EAGLE, exotics, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, RED CROSSBILL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, local reports, and an important announcement about the Princeton Institute Woods. ROSS'S GOOSE continues at Brigantine (Forsythe) National Wildlife Refuge this week; also there, still, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, WILLET, and DOWITCHERS, as well as BALD EAGLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and VIRGINIA RAIL. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Sandy Hook in Horseshoe Cove Nov. 21. EURASIAN WIGEONS were present this week at Marconi Rd. in Shark River, also at Franklin Lake in Long Branch. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at Skylands Manor, Ringwood, this week. In Salem Cty., a COM. BLACK-HEADED GULL was on a farm field on County Home Rd., off Rt. 45 just north of Compromise Rd., in Sharptown. A BALD EAGLE and 75 TUNDRA SWANS were at Whitesbog Nov. 22. In the exotic department, there is a WHITE-CHEEKED PINTAIL x ? hybrid, on the small pond next to Wreck Pond on the north side. It was seen Nov. 21 and briefly Nov. 22. Also in the exotic department is a MANDARIN DUCK near Rt. 27 on Lake St. in Metuchen. A BALD EAGLE was at Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp, Nov. 19. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were on the beach at South Amboy Nov. 20, and another was at the mouth of Matawan Creek in Keyport Harbor, also Nov. 20. The same day there was a good waterfowl flight in Raritan Bay, between Keyport and Marcus Creek, particularly OLDSQUAW, GOLDENEYE, HORNED GREBE, and BUFFLEHEAD, all in good numbers. Fifteen RED CROSSBILLS went over Rockaway on Nov. 19. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on a farm field in East Windsor near Rt. 130 on Nov. 22. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was in Cranbury, near Exit 8a of the NJ Turnpike Nov. 22. Good numbers of GANNETS and PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at Manasquan Inlet on Nov. 21, along with both species of LOONS. SNOW BUNTINGS were at Sandy Hook Nov. 22. WILD TURKEYS were at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville Nov. 25. Now for the announcement on the Princeton Institute Woods. There is a meeting of the Princeton Regional Planning Board at 7 PM Dec. 1 at the Municipal Building on Witherspoon St. in Princeton. It is possible that a vote may be taken at this meeting that could permit sale of a portion of the Institute Woods lands. Residents may want to attend the meeting. It would be useful to write a letter stating the importance of the Woods for birds and supporting a moratorium on sale or development of the property until a conservation plan for the entire tract is in place. The letter should go to Mr. Joseph O'Neill, Chairman, Princeton Regional Planning Board, 369 Witherspoon St., Princeton NJ 08540. 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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