Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/6/1995
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 KITTIWAKES.

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 state.

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 calling.

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