This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed, Dec 31 with reports of
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, TUFTED DUCK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, WINTER
FINCHES, and available results of Christmas Counts.
At Sandy Hook this week, the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen at
Horseshoe Cove, and the TUFTED DUCK at Spermaceti Cove. A GLAUCOUS
GULL was at South Amboy Dec 26, and one ICELAND GULL and six LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at Johnson Park on Rte 18 in Highland Park.
Recent finch reports included: 50 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Lake
Denmark off 513; varying numbers of RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL on Clinton Road
near the yellow 3.0 sign; RED CROSSBILLS and 42 REDPOLLS at Round
Valley Dec 25; 300-400 REDPOLLS at Mahlon Dickerson reservation off
Rte 15; RED CROSSBILL and EVENING GROSBEAK on Rte 515; 200 REDPOLLS
on Old Mine Road Dec 28; and scattered reports included in the
following Christmas counts:
Sandy Hook Dec 20 had 116 (record), with BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
WILSON'S WARBLER, GREEN HERON, TREE SWALLOW, DICKCISSEL and RED-
NECKED GREBE. Lakehurst Dec 20 had 112, with CHAT, GREAT EGRET,
PHOEBE and LONGEAR. Oceanville Dec 20 did 125, with AMERICAN BITTERN
and LEAST SANDPIPER at Brig, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES on Leeds Pt. Rd.,
SPOTTED SANDPIPER, and on Brigantine Island, 61 KNOTS, 7 MARBLED
GODWIT, 2 SKIMMER and a PIPING PLOVER.
Sussex Dec 21 had 87, with RED CROSSBILL on 515 and at Kittatinny
State Park, SNOW BUNTING, 2 LESSER BLACKBACKS and one ICELAND
GULL. NW Hunterdon Dec 21 had 96, with a roost of 80,000 ROBINS
and 250,000 STARLINGS, and 10 ACCIPITERS (!), BREWER'S BLACKBIRD+
on a farm on Finn Rd., in Perryville south of Spruce Run,
SAW-WHET, LONGEAR, BARN OWL, THRASHER, LINCOLN'S SPARROW at the
Clinton Sewer plant off 78, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, REDPOLLS and
RED-NECKED GREBE at Round Valley. The count that includes Warren
Co., Merrill Creek had 102, with YELLOW-THROAT, and SWAINSON'S
Boonton Dec 29 had 105, with PINE GROSBEAK in the Great Piece area,
REDPOLL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and LONGEAR.
Other counts will be reported as they are available.
A DICKCISSEL was present Dec 25 on Phillips (Phyllis?) Street off
Lakeshore Drive in Browns Mills (Burlington Co), feeder visible from
road--this is the same spot that had the EVENING GROSBEAKS till May
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