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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/22/1993
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, December 22 at noon, with reports of Brewer's Blackbird, Eared Grebe, Harlequin Duck, Razorbill, Common Redpolls, local reports and Christmas Count results. The 2 Brewer's Blackbirds continue on East Branch Road on the horse farm at Assunpink WMA. Others have been at Apple Blossom Farm, Ft. Elfsborg Rd., Salem. Two Eared Grebes were seen off Brigantine Island, Dec. 18. A Harlequin Duck is at the Coast Guard Station at Sandy Hook, and 2-3 Razorbills continue in Manasquan Inlet. Common Redpolls this week were at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, with 30 in the birches at the parking lot near the environmental center; 30 in Hazlet at Natco Park; and 20 in an Essex Fells backyard. Redheads were at Lake Como, Keyport harbor and Leonardo harbor. Eurasian Wigeons were at Liberty State Park and at Franklin Lake, Eatontown. A Bald Eagle was at Boonton Reservoir off Vail Rd., Parsippany, Dec. 17. Christmas Count highlights follow: Lakehurst, Dec. 18, 109, with Razorbill and Red-necked Grebe at Point Pleasant, and Royal Tern at Lavalette. Sandy Hook, Dec. 18, 106, with Harlequin. Princeton, Dec. 19, 89, with Goshawk and a record 95 Black Vultures. Assunpink, Dec. 18, 86, a new high, with Brewer's Blackbird, Common Redpoll, N. Oriole, Evening Grosbeak, and 110 (American) pipits at Nurko Rd. Turkey and Mute Swan were new. Pinelands, 66 species, with Lapland Longspur just outside the circle. Oceanville, Dec. 18, with the 2 Eared Grebes. Great Swamp, Dec. 18, 91, with 7 Red-headed Woodpeckers, 3 Marsh Wrens, 2 Common Yellowthroats, and a count first Double-crested Cormorant. Hackensack-Ridgewood, Dec. 18, 93, a new high, with count first Great Cormorant, plus Short-eared Owl, Evening Grosbeak, Redpoll, and Pine Siskin. Other reports include 25 Meadowlarks and 500 Hooded Mergansers at Forsythe NWR (Brigantine); Canvasbacks are at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center; Ravens are still being seen at the Delaware Water Gap off and on, sometimes in the parking lot, sometimes on the cliffs on the Jersey side. The next tape change will be Dec. 31. 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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