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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/3/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Dec 3 with reports of MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, PINE GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, REDHEAD, EURASIAN WIGEON, and seasonal and local reports.

THE MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER was co-operative at the Beanery in Cape May on Sat Nov 29 in the morning. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at Hidden Valley Nov 28; and a WESTERN TANAGER was seen briefly at CMBO on Lily Lake, Nov 29, but was not seen again.

At Barnegat Light Nov 29, there were 17 KING EIDERS and 3 COMMON EIDERS, including first winter males of each species in the same glass at the old 8th street jetty; also 5 HARLEQUINS on the main jetty; an ICELAND GULL working the dredge in the inlet; and a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS. At nearby Manahawkin Nov 29, at the bridge to nowhere, a dark phase ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen mid afternoon, and a shortear about 4:35 p.m.

PINE GROSBEAKS this week were flyby at Wildcat Ridge; also at Sunrise Mountain over the weekend; and birds were heard calling on Clinton Road Nov 30 and Dec 1, the latter at Parking Area P-4. Also on Clinton Road Nov 27 thru Dec 2 were RED CROSSBILL flocks estimated at 40 to 70 birds, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in numbers ranging from 3 to 12, all in the area between P-4 and the yellow sign that says 3.0. This is the same hemlock-pine area of Clinton Road that had crossbills in past invasions. Take Clinton Rd north from 23; go north of the reservoir up to P-4. Park there or at any of the pullouts beyond and walk up the road to the yellow 3.0 sign. Most of the activity is in that stretch of Clinton Road. A scope is useful; some birds are in the top of tall trees.

Flatbrook Wildlife Mgt. Area on Rte. 615 in Sussex Co. had a flock of 200 COMMON REDPOLLS Dec. 1. RAVENS were near the Stokes Forest Office on 206.

Sandy Hook Nov 29-30 had KING EIDER, REDHEAD, 100 SNOW BUNTINGS and a ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, that at North Pond. No report of last week's PACIFIC LOON. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Stockton Lake in Manasquan Nov 27. At Florence on the Delaware, 14 LESSER BLACK- BACKS, 7 ICELAND, and one GLAUCOUS GULL were seen Nov 29.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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