Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/4/1990
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, Dec. 4, 1990, at 6 PM with reports of SNOWY OWL, ROSS' GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, NORTHERN SHRIKES, EURASIAN WIGEON, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, RED-NECKED GREBE, TURKEYS, and local reports of interest. The SNOWY OWL continues at Island Beach at the southern tip, and was seen this week both at Island Beach and from Barnegat Light. Also at Barnegat Light: the HARLEQUIN was seen Nov. 28 at the 8th St. jetty, and a COMMON EIDER, male, was there Dec. 1. Look for the HARLEQUIN at low tide. Also seen at Barnegat Inlet this week were KITTIWAKE and large numbers of loons heading south. At Brigantine NWR Dec. 2 ROSS' GOOSE was found again. Also seen there, BALD EAGLE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PEREGRINE, and a RUDDY SHELDUCK of unknown origin. The EURASIAN WIGEON was seen this week both on Lake Takanassee and on Franklin Lake in Long Branch. It trades between them. The NORTHERN SHRIKE update is as follows. Of the four birds in the state last week, no reports came to the tape this week of the Sparta bird or the Delaware Water Gap bird. (The Sparta SNOWY OWL also was not reported again.) The Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Dec. 2 and 3. Reach it from Rt. 206 or the Great Rd. via Cherry Valley Rd., Mt. Rose Rd., and Wargo Rd. to the bend, park and walk in. From other directions consult Boyle's book for directions. The Thompson Park NORTHERN SHRIKE in Lincroft has been present this week; it was not seen by several people Dec. 3 but is probably still present. It is not visible all day every day. Also in the hedge area with the NORTHERN SHRIKE, in the period since Nov. 23, there have been reports of PEREGRINE, DICKCISSEL, MEADOWLARK, COOPER'S HAWK, and numerous sparrows. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the Arthur Kill, at Slater Park in Elizabeth, north of the Elizabeth Marina on Thursday. Reach it from Rt. 1 in Elizabeth via East Grand Ave. Two other LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at the Salem Nuclear Plant at the outfall Dec. 3. Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were with a flock of blackbirds in a farm field on the road into the Salem Nuclear Plant also on Dec. 3. A flock of SNOW BUNTINGS was at the Nuclear Plant's visitor center the same day. In nearby Sharptown a female BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was picked out of a flock of blackbirds Dec. 3, on the shortcut road that goes from Sharptown center just below Richman's Icecream to Rt. 45 near Compromise Rd. (Transcriber's note: the name of the shortcut road is County Home Rd.) The RED-NECKED GREBE continues on Swartswood Lake often near the bathing beach; also still there, four GREAT CORMORANTS, and EVENING GROSBEAKS. South of Swartswood on Rt. 521 about a mile from the intersection of Rt. 612, a flock of 60-plus TURKEYS was seen during the week near the Stillwater Volunteer Fire Department. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still at Rahway River Park in Rahway off the parking lot behind the Rahway pool. Enter from Rt. 27, St. George Ave, in Rahway. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was in the Forge Pond area of Parsippany on Dec. 2. 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.

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