Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/18/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Dec. 18 with reports of BELL'S VIREO, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, CLAY COLORED SPARROW, and local reports.

THE BELL'S VIREO was still in fields 1 or 2 this week at Hidden Valley in Cape May at least as of Thurs. Dec. 12. The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW continues in West Cape May, now joined by an OREGON-type JUNCO. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE on the Delaware River in Cinnaminson has moved to Delanco. To reach the area from Rte. 130, just north of Rancocas Creek, take Creek Road toward the river. Turn left on Delaware Ave. Go to the boat landing and look down river from there.

A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported this week in a flock of Canadas on Dec. 11 in Johnson Park next to New Brunswick at the corner of Metlars Lane and River Rd.(Rte. 18). It is not known if the bird remained. The previously reported WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at Columbus and Lake Manalapan in Jamesburg have not been reported again. There is now a hybrid on Lake Manalapan, not a pure white- front, so these birds should be observed with care.

Two ICELAND GULLS and several LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported this week on the fields off Rte. 206 in Columbus, Burlington County. A large flock of some 250 SNOW BUNTINGS was on the Auburn- Pedricktown Rd. near Pedricktown in Salem Co.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the report changes Wednesdays. URL is http://www.njaudubon.org To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

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