This is the voice of NJ Audubon UPDATE for Saturday, Feb.
11, 1995 with a report of a TUFTED DUCK in the Shrewsbury
River, Monmouth Beach; also, reports of FRANKLIN'S GULL,
BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL,
REDHEADS, EURASIAN WIGEON, BALD EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL,
BARN OWL, BARRED OWL, local reports and a notice of escaped
birds from the Bronx Zoo.
A drake TUFTED DUCK appeared on Feb. 11 in Monmouth Beach,
in a flock of several hundred Greater Scaup in the
Shrewsbury River. From Rt. 36 [northbound], turn left on
Park Road. At the second intersection turn right on Ice
House Road; follow it around behind the building; go right
into the driveway of Breakwater Cove condos and go to the
end of the parking lot. Look for the bird in the flock of
SCAUP; REDHEADS are also there.
[end of update; remainder of message identical to 2/8/95
The BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK at the Cooper Center feeder,
Cattus Island County Park, was still coming this week. The
NORTHERN SHRIKE is still on Decker Rd. off Rt. 206 below
Ross's Corner opposite the Police Station.
The McFRANKLIN'S GULL at MacDonald's in Atlantic City at
the end of the Expressway was still there Monday afternoon,
Feb. 6, in the street; in the main road, and in the small
park across the street in front of the AC Bus Terminal. The
owner of Mac's does not want the gulls fed.
A first-year ICELAND GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 5. A
EURASIAN WIGEON was at Lake Takanassee also Feb. 5. BALD
EAGLES continued at Wanaque Reservoir and Oradell
Reservoir. SHORT-EARED OWLS can be seen at Manahawkin,
Jakes Landing, and also Brig, where the BARN OWL has also
been in the nest box. In the Great Swamp, the SHORT-EARED
OWL and BARRED OWL were still present on Pleasant Plains
In the Hackensack Meadowlands this week birds included the
following: 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 2 imm. ICELAND GULLS
on Feb. 8 at the Environmental Center; COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER,
PIED-BILLED GREBE and COOTS in the Hackensack River behind
Janatex off the Belleville Pike in Kearney; and
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, also near the Environment Center.
Birds along Ocean Drive from Cape May to Wildwood, despite
the ice, included REDHEAD, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN
SANDPIPER, OYSTERCATCHER, along with the usual DUNLINS,
BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and SANDERLING.
In Rumson, at least 8 REDHEADS were on Polly's Pond, and
thousands of GREATER SCAUP were off Oceanic Bridge on Feb.
An aviary collapsed in the snow storm at the Bronx Zoo, and
various gulls and terns escaped, including BAND-TAILED
GULL, ANDEAN GULL, GRAY GULL, and INCA TERN. Some have not
been rounded up; keep an eye out.
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.