This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Dec. 6, 1995,
with reports of CAVE SWALLOW, GREAT SKUA and other pelagics,
THICK-BILLED MURRE, PINE GROSBEAK, SHRIKES galore, EIDER,
HARLEQUINS, ICELAND GULL, GOLDEN EAGLE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING and
GYRFALCON near to NJ, various local reports of interest, and a
conservation alert following the reports.
A CAVE SWALLOW was seen in Cape May Dec. 1 but not since.
A GREAT SKUA was the highlight of the pelagic out of Brielle Dec.
2. Other birds on the trip were DOVEKIE, MANX SHEARWATER, POMARINE
JAEGER, and the usual stuff including a thousand BLACK-LEGGED
At Sandy Hook Dec. 3, there were 5 flyby COMMON EIDER off the Visitor
Center and SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER; and on Dec. 4, a THICK-BILLED MURRE was off
area C swimming north.
At Lake Denmark off Rte 513 (Green Pond Mt. Rd.), there were 9
PINE GROSBEAKS feeding on alder, and EVENING GROSBEAK and SISKINS
as well, on Dec. 5.
Two COMMON EIDER were at Holgate this week; in the last ten days
there have been from 2 to 16 COMMON EIDER at Barnegat Light.
HARLEQUINS are at Barnegat Lt. also and one is at the auditorium
on Sandy Hook. An ICELAND GULL was in the Hackensack Meadowlands
at Lyndhurst Dec. 5.
NORTHERN SHRIKES seen this week included birds at Allendale
Celery farm; Barbour Pond in Wayne off Valley Rd.; Haledon
Reservoir, just down Ewing Ave. from NJ Audubon headquarters in
Franklin Lakes; Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains at the turnaround
(where there is also an imm. GOLDEN EAGLE). Also, the
previously-reported SHRIKE near Columbus (take 537 NE from 206
and go left on Folwell Station Rd 75 yards) was still there;
there's another at Whitesbog as of Dec. 4 (TUNDRA SWANS there
also); other SHRIKES were at Longport, Avalon, Heislerville,
Cape May; overall we think there are about 22 N. Shrikes in the
A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen at Peace Valley nature Center in PA
off Rte. 313 Dec. 4; and a GYRFALCON was seen in Hammonasset
State Park in Conn. Dec. 4.
A REDHEAD was at Natco Lake in Union Beach Dec. 3; SURF SCOTER
and lots of GOLDENEYES were at Keansburg; and about 75
BONAPARTE'S GULLS were at South Amboy, all Dec. 3. Overpeck Park
this week had 3 HORNED LARKS. Liberty State Park this week had 7
BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, COMMON MERGANSER, HORNED GREBES,
CANVASBACKS (about 60), and RUDDY DUCK. A BROWN THRASHER is
wintering at Scherman-Hoffman. A COMMON TERN has been lingering
at Barnegat Light. SHORT-EARED OWLS are at Manahawkin and Jakes
Landing, and also up on the NY state line at Pine Island.
Please continue to call the White House comment line and urge
Pres. Clinton to veto the budget reconciliation bill on Monday
unless the environmental threats are eliminated. Call at
202-456-1111. Many thanks.
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 (preferably
on Tuesdays). For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird
Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for