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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/22/1999
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 HORNED GREBES.

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 count day.

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 973-335-1510.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton, NJ 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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