This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, Dec. 3, 1991 at 8:10 pm, with reports of LECONTE'S SPARROW, GYRFALCON, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ICELAND, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, HARLEQUIN, COMMON EIDER, and local reports.
The LECONTE'S SPARROW at Overpeck Park was seen Nov. 28 in the morning and Nov. 29 in the afternoon up near the bulldozer. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR found there on Nov. 25 continues, and was seen at close range Fri., Nov. 29, and Mon., Dec. 2, on the road into the fill near the parking lot. It allows close aproach. Also there this week, NASHVILLE WARBLER and INDIGO BUNTING. To reach Overpeck park, exit Rt. 46 at I-95 South/Teaneck Rd., follow the Teaneck Rd. ramp under 46, and follow the signs for Challenger Rd., through its various turns until it goes left and ends in the park. Park in the second parking lot and walk north on the fill toward the bulldozer. The LECONTE'S SPARROW has become more mousy and increasingly difficult to see.
A dark GYRFALCON was at Barnegat Light in the construction site on Nov. 30, then flew across the inlet low over the beach toward Island Beach State Park. Also at Barnegat Inlet Saturday Nov. 30 were 4 HARLEQUINS part way out the new jetty, a first-winter BLACK-HEADED GULL in the inlet all day long, from 6 to 8 COMMON EIDERS at the 8th St. jetty, FORSTER'S and ROYAL TERN, and 9 species of shorebirds.
At Liberty State Park in Jersey City the SNOWY OWL was still on Caven Pier on the barges on Dec. 2, and also seen during the week at Liberty State Park were BLACK-HEADED GULL, BARN OWL, and EURASIAN WIGEON. At Sandy Hook Nov. 29 the NORTHERN SHRIKE was at the pond beyond parking area K, and the WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at area K; and another WESTERN KINGBIRD, or possibly the same, was at area E. Another WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Thompson Grove Park in Lincroft (where the Shrike was last winter) on the dirt road opposite the Christian Brothers Academy on Rt. 520. A LITTLE GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Nov. 30; an ICELAND GULL was at Johnson Park New Brunswick off Rt. 18 on Nov. 29. Both BALD and GOLDEN EAGLES were reported at Great Swamp this week; the BALD EAGLE is an adult. Four TUNDRA SWANS and a GREAT CORMORANT were at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov. 29. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE reported at Squibb Pond in Lawrenceville are sometimes found on the nearby ETS property.
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.