This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Dec. 18, 1991 at 12:30 pm, with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, LECONTE'S SPARROW, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKES, LARK SPARROW, LINCOLN'S SPARROW, COMMON MURRE, COMMON REDPOLL, and Christmas Count results Dec. 14-15, followed by two Christmas Count announcements following the bird reports.
Six BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were back at Apple Blossom Farm, Fort Elfsborg Rd. in Salem County on Dec. 12. From Rt. 49 in the town of Salem, take Chestnut St. to Featherbed Lane, go left on Featherbed and then right on Ft. Elfsborg to Apple Blossom Farm.
A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was at Higbee Beach during the week. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at DeMotte's Pond off Rt. 173 in Clinton, near Spruce Run Reservoir Dec. 9, and may still be in the area. SNOWY OWL was at Liberty State Park as of Dec. 13, but it was missed on the Christmas Count. NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Higbee Beach this week; others are mentioned in the Christmas Count summaries that follow.
Sandy Hook Dec. 14 had a record 109 species including KING EIDER, NORTHERN SHRIKE at the north end near the pond, GREEN-BACKED HERON, PHOEBE, and VIRGINIA RAIL in Rumson, OYSTERCATCHER at Spermaceti Cove, and ten sparrows, including WHITE-CROWNED, VESPER, and CHIPPING on the north end.
Pinelands Dec. 15, no species total available yet, had LINCOLN'S SPARROW and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in a swamp on Burnt House Rd. in Shamong, Burlington Cty, and PALM WARBLER. Assunpink Dec. 15, no total yet, had 2 WHITE-FRONTED GEESE on private property and LARK SPARROW, CHIPPING SPARROW, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, on Nurko Rd on the north side of L. Assunpink, all still there as of Dec. 17.
Princeton Dec. 15 had at least 89 species including a CAPE MAY WARBLER at the Griggstown Causeway and Canal Rd., 57 BLACK VULTURES, and TURKEYS in several places.
Sussex Dec. 15 had 88 species, tying the record, with 33 FOX SPARROWS, SAW-WHET OWL, RED-THROATED LOON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SNOW GOOSE on Franklin Pond, EVENING GROSBEAK, REDPOLL on West Mountain Rd in Sparta, two N. SHRIKES (one at the north end of Paulinskill Lake, the other on Wabash Jct. Rd in Lafayette), REDHEAD, and 2000 COM. MERGANSERS on Lake Mohawk.
Lakehurst Dec. 14 had 103 species, with COM. MURRE at Bryn Mawr Ave. in Lavalette, CLAPPER RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, and SORA RAILS on the Manasquan River, FORSTERS and ROYAL TERNS at Lavalette, and record highs for LAUGHING GULL, KILLDEER, TURKEY VULTURE, and RING-NECKED DUCK with 141 at Lake Carasaljo.
Lower Hudson Dec. 15, with 116 species, had LARK SPARROW at the Jersey side of the George Washington Bridge, DICKCISSEL, in Central Park, NYC, WILD TURKEY in N. Bergen, MEADOWLARK, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Hackensack-Ridgewood, Dec. 14, with 83 species, including the LECONTE'S SPARROW at Overpeck Park, N. SHRIKE, WOOD THRUSH, BALD EAGLE, 2 GREAT EGRETS, 31 DOUBLE-CRESTED CORMORANTS, 31 CAROLINA WRENS, and 4400 COM. MERGANSERS on Old Tappan.
NW Hunterdon County on Dec. 15 had 86 species including DUNLIN and BONAPARTE'S GULL on Spruce Run, (both new for the count), 5000 ROBINS, MERLIN at Round Valley, 5 OWLS, and 75 TURKEYS.
Two Counts need help: Boonton Count on Dec. 22, contact Glenn at (201) 335 1510. Also the Barnegat Count could use help on Dec. 29, call Tim at (201) 586 9210 nights or (908) 527 3672 days.
The Pelagic trip to Hudson Canyon Dec. 14 had SKUA, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, and POMARINE JAEGER. The next regular tape change will be on Friday, Dec. 27.
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.