This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, Dec. 26, 1991 at 10:30 pm with reports of CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, NORTHERN SHRIKES, LARK SPARROW, Christmas Count reports, and an announcement on the Barnegat Count following the bird reports.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW is at the Lincoln Park Gravel Pits west of the "knife-edge" in the southern part of the main pits; with FIELD SPARROWS and CHIPPING SPARROWS.
NORTHERN SHRIKES continue this week at the following locations: one at the north end of Paulins Kill Lake in Sussex County; another on Wabash Junction Rd. in Lafayette, also Sussex County; and a third at the north end of Sandy Hook, recently in the vicinity of North Pond.
A LARK SPARROW continues, with a CHIPPING SPARROW, in a flock of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS, along Nurko Rd, on the north side of Lake Assunpink. Reach it from Rt. 539 and Perrineville Rd.
The Great Swamp Christmas Count recorded 88 species Dec. 21, including a BALD EAGLE on Short Hills Reservoir; a SOLITARY VIREO in Watchung Reservation; and four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in Great Swamp, all in the Management Area [open to birders only by permission].
The Boonton Count Dec. 22 had 95 species, including the CLAY-COLORED and CHIPPING SPARROWS in the Lincoln Park Pits, and also MERLIN, BLACK VULTURE, and GOSHAWK.
Other counts will be reported on next week's tape. The Barnegat count on Sunday, Dec. 29 needs additional people. Call Tim Vogel at (201) 586 9210 nights or (908) 527 3672 daytime if you can help. Please call by Dec. 27, after that will be too late.
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.