This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society, for Wednesday, Nov. 27, 1991 at 2:30 pm, with reports of LECONTE'S SPARROW, SNOWY OWLS, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKES, EURASIAN WIGEONS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, HARLEQUIN, COMMON EIDER, and local reports of interest.
The LECONTE'S SPARROW, in Overpeck Park in the town of Ridgefield Park, was seen Nov. 23 and 24 in the morning by many, in the original spot at the southwest corner of the old landfill along the dirt road near a little pool. It was seen again on Nov. 25 in the afternoon up toward the parked bulldozer. It is mousy and very difficult to see. From Rt. 46 in Ridgefield Park, get off at the Interstate-95 south/Teaneck Rd. exit. Follow the Teaneck Rd exit ramp around under 46, and follow the signs for Challenger Rd. through all its twists and turns to the theaters; and at the theaters turn left on Challenger and take it to the end in the park. Go to the second parking lot and walk out on the fill.
SNOWY OWLS this week were at Sandy Hook, Nov. 23-24 in lot C and E; another was at Ross's Corner, Rt. 15 and 206, Sussex County, on Nov. 22. N. SHRIKES this week were as follows: Allendale Celery Farm, Nov. 20-21 in the northwest corner by the abandoned farm; another on Kelly Rd. near the Wallkill Lake Rd., Nov. 23. The one at Assunpink near the Bait & Tackle on Imlaystown Rd., was not reported again, but a SHORT-EARED OWL was there at dusk both Nov. 23-24.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were at Squibb Pond in Lawrenceville, Rt. 206, on Nov. 24 and 25; park in the visitor's lot and not on the road by the pond. EURASIAN WIGEON and two COM. BLACK-HEADED GULLS were at Liberty State Park and Caven Cove this week. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was at Franklin Lake on the north shore Nov. 23. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at Lake Takanassee, middle pond, during the morning only on Nov. 23. Three KITTIWAKES and a COMMON TERN were at Manasquan Inlet Nov. 23. A first-winter LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Brigantine NWR Nov. 22, and also that day, at Barnegat Light, there were 3 HARLEQUINS, in the inlet along the new jetty, and 10 COMMON EIDERS, several KITTIWAKES, & numbers of GANNETS.
An adult BALD EAGLE was at the Great Swamp this week on Pleasant Plains Rd., near the heronry; the same or another was at nearby Ravine Lake. ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER is at F. Bliss Price Arboretum in Eatontown, by the hedgerow over the bridge. From Rt. 36, take Rt. 35 north into Eatontown; right on Broad St., then right on Byrne St. to the end at the arboretum. A new vulture roost was reported in East Windsor at Lee's Turkey Farm; it includes several Black Vultures. In Sussex County, 335 RING-NECKED DUCKS were on Walt's (?) Pond, Andover, last week. The other SNOWY OWLS and NORTHERN SHRIKES from last week's tape were not reported this week.
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.