Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/27/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, Nov. 27, 1990, at 5 PM with reports of WESTERN TANAGER, SNOWY OWL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED-NECKED GREBES, EURASIAN WIGEON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, local and seasonal reports. A WESTERN TANAGER was seen in the parking lot at Barnegat Light State Park on Monday Nov. 26 at 11 AM. No reports since. The SNOWY OWL was visible from Barnegat Light across the inlet at Island Beach State Park Saturday Nov. 24 until 11 AM, when it flew north along the bayside of Island Beach. On Friday the 23d it was seen from the Island Beach side. Expect that you may have to go to both places. Also at Barnegat Light, on the beach at the 8th St. Jetty Nov. 24, was a juvenile GOLDEN PLOVER with Black-bellies and other shorebirds, several FORSTER'S and ROYAL TERNS, KITTIWAKE and numerous GANNETS. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was at Sandy Hook [Gateway National Recreation Area], parking area G, by the ball field, on Nov. 25. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was at Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area, Salem County, Nov. 23., near the intersection of Stow Neck and Long Bridge roads. The bird was near an old brick farm house with an asparagus field and a hedgerow, mostly in the hedgerow. Nearby at Mannington Marsh there are SHORT-EARED OWLS present. At least four NORTHERN SHRIKES are now present in the state, all seen within the last two days. The Thompson Park, Lincroft, bird is still on the dirt road across from the Christian Brothers Academy, off Rt. 520. Exit the GSP at 109 and take Rt. 520 west to the Christian Brothers Academy, turn south on the dirt road and go down to the hedge; the Shrike is usually around the hedge. The Sparta bird in Sussex County was seen Nov. 26 and 27. Take Rt. 15 north to the intersection with Rt. 94, take 94 left to 623, go approx. 2.4 miles to a sign saying 'entering Andover'. On the left is an old trailer; the Shrike is in the fields. Nearby on Linecrest * Rd., Sparta, a flock of 15* TURKEYS was seen at the north end of the quarry. A third NORTHERN SHRIKE, an adult, was found Nov. 24 in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, one mile south of Walpack Center, near the intersection of Rt. 615 and Pompey * Rd. A fourth NORTHERN SHRIKE is at the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve in Mercer County as of today. From Rt. 206 or the Great Rd. take Cherry Valley Rd. west past Carter Rd. to the next right on Mt. Rose Rd. Proceed on Mt. Rose to Wargo Rd.; go left on Wargo, take it to the bend and park. Walk in to the Watershed property on the dirt road; at the silos go left across the fields. The bird was seen in the center of the fields at the junction of the four paths near a bench. See also Boyle's book for directions to the Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed. RED-NECKED GREBES are at Swartswood Lake, along with GREAT CORMORANT, Nov. 26, in the area of the bathing beach. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was seen Nov. 23 at Island Beach State Park. And a third on Nov. 24 was at Lake Parsippany; park near the dam. Reach it from Rt. 287 in Parsippany. A SNOWY OWL was seen Nov. 23 in Lafayette, Sussex County. Near the intersection of Rt. 94 and Rt. 15, by Dear Old Dad's Restaurant. It was also seen during the week at Sunrise House and also on the roof of the Hilltop Chiropractor. The EURASIAN WIGEON continues at L. Takanassee in Long Branch, the second pond, mostly in the morning. Sometimes in the PM in is on nearby Franklin Pond off Broadway and Rt. 36. ROSS'S GOOSE and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Brigantine NWR were not reported to the tape this week but are presumed still present. A COMMON EIDER in Cape May was last reported Nov. 19. The KING EIDER was not reported to the tape this week. Other notes from the shore: A FIN WHALE was seen from Sea Girt Nov. 26; TUNDRA SWANS and GOLDENEYE are at Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area; Tuckerton Nov. 27 had OYSTERCATCHERS and PIPITS; ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were reported this week from the Hackensack Meadows, from Mantoloking, and from Brigantine NWR. BLACK VULTURES continue in Bernardsville; also near Swartswood Lake S of the 521/612 intersection, on the power line; and also in Salem County, with a large number, perhaps 50, in the Avis Mill Rd area. 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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