Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/20/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Dec. 20, 1995, with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BLACK-HEADED GULL, SPOTTED SANDPIPER, winter FINCHES, SHRIKE reports and Christmas Count results.

The Sandy Hook CBC, Dec. 16, had 107 species, including a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at a feeder. On the Hook itself, NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Garden; an EASTERN PHOEBE at Brookdale, HARLEQUIN at the auditorium, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in the road median near lot D with SNOW BUNTINGS. Excellent job considering the federal budget closing.

Hunterdon CBC, Dec. 17, 93 species with a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Spruce Run outfall, 24 COMMON REDPOLLS on Gravel Hill Road, 5 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES including one on Van Syckel Rd. in Clinton WMA; also, REDHEAD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EVENING GROSBEAK and RED CROSSBILL.

Dec. 15 was a good day at the shore: COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Shark River Inlet, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER and KING EIDER at Barnegat Inlet, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Wreck Pond, and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Manasquan Inlet.

Princeton CBC, Dec. 17, had 91 species, with NORTHERN GOSHAWK near the Motor Vehicles office at Bakers Basin and Rt.1; PEREGRINE in Plainsboro; 2 REDHEAD and a CANVASBACK at Lake Carnegie, Princeton; 100 WILD TURKEYS and a low vulture count for both species.

Oceanville Dec. 16 had 122, with EURASIAN WIGEON at Brigantine NWR; 12 MARBLED GODWITS at Brigantine Island (north of Atlantic City); TRICOLORED HERON; all 3 ACCIPITERS at the Refuge; and a WOOD THRUSH at Stockton State College.


The Hackensack-Ridgewood CBC Dec. 16 had 76 species, including 4 BALD EAGLES at Oradell Reservoir; LINCOLN'S SPARROW (present 8 days) at a feeder near Tenafly Nature Center; 2 NORTHERN SHRIKES, one along Tenakill Brook and one at Moonachie near Commerce Ave. in the Hackensack Meadows; also, 111 COMMON MERGANSERS, a 50-year high.

Moorestown CBC, Dec. 17, with about 100 species, listed a COMMON MOORHEN at Delanco; a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Moorestown; and TUNDRA SWAN, EASTERN PHOEBE, AMERICAN PIPIT, PALM WARBLER, & PURPLE FINCH.

Great Swamp (no species total yet) had the imm. GOLDEN EAGLE and the faithful BARRED OWL on Pleasant Plains Rd. The NORTHERN SHRIKE(S) were reported this week but not Count Day.

Other NORTHERN SHRIKES this week were reported at Thompson Park, Lincroft, in the fields along the dirt road across from Christian Brothers Academy; also, at Taylor's Refuge near Cinnaminson.

A LESSER SCAUP was with CANVASBACKS at Hackensack Meadows Env. Ctr. Dec. 18. On Oberle Road, Alpha, Warren Co., on Dec. 18, there were HORNED LARK, EASTERN MEADOWLARK, SNOW BUNTING and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

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 (preferably on Tuesdays). For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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