Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/19/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Dec. 19, 1990, at 8:30 AM with reports of Chirstmas Counts, and RAZORBILLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-NECKED GREBES, some extraordinary unseasonable birds, and local reports. RAZORBILLS were reported Sunday Dec. 16 at Manasquan Inlet; and at Sandy Hook area C on Dec. 15. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Manasquan Inlet Dec. 18, and EURASIAN WIGEON was at Marconi Rd, Shark River, the same day. The COMMON EIDER was seen again this week off Spring Lake. A Common BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen in Military Park in Newark on Dec. 18. The Thompson Park and Stony Brook-Millstone NORTHERN SHRIKES continue at their respective locations; no word this week on the Wayne bird. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in Rahway River Park, joined now by a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER. Following is a rundown of some early Christmas Counts. Sandy Hook Dec. 15 with 98 species had EARED GREBE at Horseshoe Cove, W. KINGBIRD at parking area G, 3 RAZORBILLS at area C, and ICELAND GULL and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE. Great Swamp Dec. 15 had 79 species, including PHOEBE in Watchung Reservation, TURKEY, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and OREGON JUNCO in Great Swamp, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Lenape Park, Cranford, and GADWALL. Sussex County on Dec. 16 had 87 species, a count record, with a remarkable SOLITARY SANDPIPER at the intersection of the Newton-Sparta Rd and Stickles Pond Rd in Newton; also, BALD EAGLE at Culvers Lake, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, PHOEBE, MARSH WREN, and EVENING GROSBEAK in the spruce grove on Rt. 515. Bergen County Audubon Society Count had 76 species, with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, SNOW GOOSE, GADWALL, BALD EAGLE, SORA, and HOUSE WREN. Walnut Valley Dec. 15 had 73 species with 3 BALD EAGLES, 95 TURKEYS and a NORTHERN SHRIKE. Northwest Hunterdon Dec. 16 with 83 species had BLUE-WINGED TEAL, OSPREY, RED-NECKED GREBE at Round Valley Reservoir, VIRGINIA RAIL, and PALM WARBLER. Lower Hudson (which is partly in Manhattan) on Dec. 16 had 116 species, including WESTERN TANAGER in Central Park, NY, and in various places, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, OVENBIRD, GNATCATCHER, two EURASIAN WIGEON at Caven Point and BALD EAGLE at Teterboro. Additional local reports: TURKEYS are being seen in Chester and Brookside, and at the Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries (NJAS), in the fields. Ten GREATER YELLOWLEGS continue at the Rahway River mouth, visible from the railroad, access via Liberty Park in Carteret. 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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