This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday, Dec. 18, 1992, at 2:30 pm, with reports of ROCK WREN, SNOWY OWL, KING EIDERS, COMMON EIDERS, HARLEQUIN, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, ICELAND, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, RED-NECKED GREBE, BALD EAGLE, SUMMER TANAGER, local reports, and Christmas Count "Help Wanteds".
The ROCK WREN, after disappearing for a few days, resurfaced in Cape May Point on Dec. 16. It is generally at the construction site at 405 Lincoln Ave., not far from the Gingerbread Church.
SNOWY OWLS appeared at Cliffwood Beach in Raritan Bay Dec. 9, and in Tenafly on a house on Dec. 16 on McKay Drive. HARLEQUINS are a Cape May Coast Guard Base, 2 birds, Barnegat Inlet, 5 birds, and 1 was at the Shark River Marina on Dec. 12. The storm also brought KING EIDERS & COMMON EIDERS into Cape May. As of Dec. 16, there were still 5 COMMON EIDERS at the Bunker in the State Park, and on the beaches around the Point, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, ICELAND, & LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS have all been reported during the past week. LESSER BLACK-BACKS are also at Stone Harbor Point, and at Brigantine NWR.
Two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen Dec. 12 & 13 at the horse farm on the way into Assunpink Wildlife Mgmt. Area, at the intersection of Herbert and Imlaystown Rds. COMMON EIDERS were found Dec. 16 at the tip of Holgate. A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE is on Squibb Pond on Rt. 206 in Lawrenceville as of Dec. 18. A RAZORBILL was in Shark River Marina on Dec. 12. A RED-NECKED GREBE was on the Manasquan Reservoir Dec. 16. BALD EAGLES are at Merrill Creek Reservoir, Round Valley Reservoir, and Smithfield Beach on the Delaware River.
Seventy BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES were at the Marcus Creek on Raritan Bay Dec. 16. A BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLER has been lingering in Morganville off Rt. 18, on Wooleytown Rd., in a stand of evergreens this week. An OSPREY was present this week in Burlington, and the SUMMER TANAGER continues to come to the feeder at Rancocas Nature Center in Mt. Holly.
The following Christmas Counts are in need of help. Boonton Count, Dec. 27, should call Glen Mahler at (201) 386-6236. Barnegat on Jan. 3, call Frank at (609) 652-6000. And the new PEEC (Pocono Environmental Education Center) count in Pennsylvania and Sussex County NJ, call Phil at (717) 828-2319.
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.