This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Dec 22 with reports
of Review List BOHEMIAN WAXWING, CAVE SWALLOW, TUFTED DUCK and
EARED GREBE; and other reports of SANDHILL CRANE, and Christmas
Count reports from the first weekend.
A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found on the Oceanville Count at Brig Dec 18
on the Leeds Eco Trail near the start of the Auto Tour. Also on the
Oceanville Count Dec 18 were two EARED GREBES at Lakes Bay; these
birds were still present Dec 20 in the same area. Take the Black
Horse Pike (322) east thru Pleasantville toward Atlantic City. At
the northwest corner of the bay, turn right (south) on either Venice
or Granada, go one block and park at the bay. The Eareds are with
The Cape May Count on the 19th had 158, including the previously
reported CAVE SWALLOW over the state park, and also LARK SPARROW,
CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, PIPING PLOVER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, NASHVILLE and 7
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, DICKCISSEL, 2 flocks of
RED CROSSBILLS, 8 SKIMMERS and 4 MARBLED GODWITS.
Assunpink Dec 19 had a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW and two SANDHILL
CRANES; the cranes were still present Dec 22 in the Cream Ridge
area. From 537, take Meirs Road north and make a right on
Burlington Path Road and go a half mile to a farm with 8 silos.
The Lower Hudson Count Dec 19 had a female TUFTED DUCK at
Weehawken; take the last exit in NJ off Rte 3; the bird is below
the ferry near where the new Chart House is being built; best view
is from the little park adjacent. Also on Lower Hudson: 2
PEREGRINES, A GOSHAWK in the Lyndhurst Corporate Center on the way
to DeKorte, and a NASHVILLE WARBLER at DeKorte (HMEC).
Sandy Hook Dec 18 had 113 species, including RED-NECKED GREBE,
LAUGHING GULL, 2 YELLOW-THROATS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, 1 PALM
WARBLER, 13 BOAT-TAILED GRACKLE and 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKS. A RED
CROSSBILL was on Sandy Hook the day before the count, but not on
Hunterdon Count Dec 19th with 86 species again had a ROBIN roost in
6 figures; also MERLIN, NASHVILLE WARBLER and VESPER SPARROW as
well as 7 TOWHEES.
Princeton Count Dec 19 had a PEREGRINE, a N. SHRIKE in Montgomery
Park east of Rt. 206 off Harlingen Road, a PALM WARBLER and 6 FOX
SPARROWS. The shrike at the Pole Farm was not seen on the count but
may be in the area still.
The Boonton Count Dec. 26 (Sunday) needs people -- contact Glenn at
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