Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/4/1996
Transcriber's update: BELL'S VIREO: A BELL'S VIREO ("eastern" race) was in Cape May, at the south end (particuarly the SW corner) of the middle field at Hidden Valley, on New England Road. It favored a big patch of thick multiflora rose, etc., due south of the banding shed. Found late Tuesday, it was confirmed Wednesday. Check the Cape May Birding Hotline (609) 884-2626 for further updates.

This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Dec. 4, 1996 with reports of SNOWY OWLS, COMMON EIDERS, KING EIDERS, HARLEQUIN, RAZORBILL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, SHORT-EARED OWL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, REDHEAD, and local reports; updates on ROSS'S GULL; and announcements.

SNOWY OWLS appeared in NJ November 28 at Island Beach State Park, and Dec. 2 at Brigantine, east pool.

At Barnegat Inlet Nov. 30, there were 15 HARLEQUINS on the Barnegat side; 16 COMMON EIDER, mostly around the Island Beach jetty, and 2 KING EIDER, on the Island Beach side. Also, a RAZORBILL was seen that day from the tip of the Barnegat jetty; there were several hudnered PURPLE SANDPIPERS spread around on both jetties, with TURNSTONES and SANDERLING as well; and a SHORT-EARED OWL was hunting on the tern colony site next to the Barnegat jetty, and also there, 200 SNOW BUNTINGS. Some 15 RAZORBILLS were observed flying past Island Beach Nov. 29.

The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Cinnaminson was seen again Nov. 30 at Randolph St., about 8:45 AM, 30 Ft. off the river bank, with a pair of COMMON GOLDENEYE. Take I-295 to Rt. 73 North to Rt. 130 North. Take the jughandle to the Delaware R. at Riverton Rd. at the light on River Rd., go right 1/2 mile and turn left on Randolph St.

The ROSS'S GULL at Indian River Inlet in Delaware was reported November 30 at 7:45 AM, and again at 3:00 PM, on the north side.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported Nov. 24 in a flock of blackbirds in Hamilton Twp., near Trenton; not since.

Franklin Lake in Bergen County had a REDHEAD in among the RUDDY DUCKS and SCAUP Nov. 28. Nearby, Haledon Reservoir had all 3 Mergansers the same day; and Lake Assunpink that day had TUNDRA SWANS and CANVASBACKS. The Old Reliable annual BARRED OWL in the Great Swamp is again visible in the spruces on the bend in Pleasant Plains Road, visible from the car. [Refuge manager's front yard, reported with permission. -tr.]

The Cape May mini-pelagic goes out of Cape May 8 AM from the Miss Chris Marina on Dec. 8 and Dec. 14, cost $35. For info and reservation, call 1-800-786-5445.

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 usually on Wednesdays. URL is http://www.njaudubon.org [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. 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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