Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/11/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Feb 11 with reports of THAYER'S GULL, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, DOVEKIE, WINTER GULLS, FINCHES, EUR. WIGEON, REDHEAD, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, EAGLES, and local reports of interest.

An adult and a first-year THAYER'S GULL were at Florence on the Delaware River Feb 10 in the afternoon. From Rte. 130, take Delaware Ave west, and turn left at the river. Check from the boat launch or the park. Also there, GLAUCOUS GULLS, ICELAND GULLS, & LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was present again on Lamington and Black River roads in Lamington. From 206 or from Rte. 78, take Lamington Road to its intersection with Black River Road. Turn North on Black River Road, and immediately look for a flock of Canada Geese on your left; the whitefront is with them.

The storm Feb 6 dumped a DOVEKIE on Surprise Lake in the Watchung Reservation; the bird was gone Feb 7.

On the North Shore this week, EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Stockton Lake and at Spring Lake Feb 7, and a REDHEAD was with the Canvasbacks on Lake Takanassee. On Feb 8, there were two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach at Spring Lake, a first year ICELAND GULL at Shark River Inlet, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on the beach at Brighton Ave, Long Branch, and a first year GLAUCOUS GULL on the jetty next to the Arcade, also in Long Branch.

BALD EAGLES were on the upper Delaware at Worthington, at Poxono Island, and at Yards Creek Reservoir, where there were also REDPOLLS on the birches at the Visitor Center. The SOLITAIRE reported last week on the Old Mine Road was not found despite intensive searching. BALD EAGLE was also reported this week in Pluckemin, Somerset Co.

The YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT reported last month at Flat Rock Brook Nature Center in Englewood resurfaced there on Feb 9 and 10.

EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS are being seen in Jackson at 1069 West Veterans Highway between 7:30 and 8:00 a.m. daily since January.

This week's oddball award goes to the six WILD TURKEYS next to the Bridgewater Mall near the Police Station! Three TUNDRA SWANS and flocks of COMMON MERGANSERS and COMMON GOLDENEYES were on Lake Musconetcong Feb 9.

DeKorte State Park this week had CANVASBACK, SHOVELER, PINTAIL and COMMON MERGANSERS at the Environmental Center, and two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Liberty State Park, Jersey City along with the usual waterfowl. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were also at Manasquan Reservoir Feb. 9. CANVASBACKS are also on Natco Lake on Rte. 36 in Union Beach. Up to 8 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS were reported wintering on the Woodbridge River at Sewaren.

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 Wednesday. 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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