Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/13/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 13, 1991, at 1 pm, with reports of Bohemian Waxwing, Eared Grebe, Snowy Owl, Thick-billed Murre, Razorbill, Glaucous, Iceland, and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Lark Sparrow, Brewer's and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Loggerhead and Northern Shrikes, Bald Eagles, Short-eared Owls, Lapland Longspur, Red-headed Woodpecker, and local reports of interest, as well as a trip announcement following the bird reports. The Bohemian Waxwing at Sandy Hook was rediscovered on Friday, Feb. 8, at Parking Area F, the same place it was first found. It has been seen daily since. After the blockhouse look for the Area F parking sign, turn right, go to the end of the road and park. Walk back half-way on the road to a Phragmites patch on the left, with 2 tall bare trees in the background. The bird regularly perches here with Cedar Waxwings and without; and is sometimes seen a short distance down the road at a bunker marked "1937". Also at Sandy Hook the Eared Grebe continues at Horseshoe Cove, best view is from the spit in the morning. The Northern Shrike at Sandy Hook was seen at Area G on Sunday Feb. 10. The Snowy Owl at Island Beach State Park was seen Sunday and Monday Feb. 10 and 11 on the first bath-house. A Thick-billed Murre and a Razorbill were at Manasquan Inlet at various times on Sunday Feb. 10. A Razorbill was there for two minutes on Monday Feb. 11 at around 10:30 AM and then disappeared. A Glaucous Gull was on the jetty at Sea Girt also on Feb. 11; an Iceland Gull was at Johnson Park in Highland Park on Rt 18, on Feb. 9. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was on the grounds of the Plainsboro Municipal Building on Plainsboro Rd., Feb. 8. A Lark Sparrow was recently discovered overwintering in Gloucester Cty. Exit Rt. 295 at Paulsboro, at the MacDonald's. Head East and follow the signs for Clarksboro. When the road goes over the NJ Turnpike immediately turn left on Jessup Mill Rd. Hidden Acres Park will come up shortly on your left. The Lark Sparrow is usually with Juncos in the park or across the creek on the ball field. The Brewer's Blackbird, Yellow-headed Blackbird, and Loggerhead Shrike were all seen Wednesday through Saturday, Feb. 6-9, on Ft. Elfsborg Rd. or S. Featherbed Rd., all after 3pm, the best time to see them according to the locals. On Sat., all the birds were on Ft. Elfsborg Rd. From Salem take Rt. 49 south, go right on Hancock's Bridge Rd and turn right on Ft. Elfsborg Rd; especially look at Apple Blossom Farm. The Northern Shrike weekly report follows. The Great Swamp bird on Pleasant Plains Rd. was seen four days this week, between the headquarters and the next building [as you head west]. The Wayne Barber Pond bird and the Stony Brook-Millstone bird are still there. No word this week on the Thompson Park bird in Lincroft or the Layton bird in Sussex Cty. Eight Bald Eagles were on the Delaware River Feb. 9; Turkeys were on the Old Mine Rd Feb. 8 [both, in the Water Gap National Recreation Area]. Two Eagles are continuing on Wanaque Reservoir. The Short-eared Owls continue on Stafford Ave. in Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area, also at Holgate, at Parkertown Rd. off Rt. 9 south of 72, by Thompson Park in Lincroft, at Locktown Rd. off Rt. 12 near Frenchtown, and at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Ctr. in Lyndhurst. Lapland Longspur was at Alpha on Feb. 12 with Horned Larks; Short-ears are there also. Red-headed Woodpeckers continue in Rahway River Park in Rahway. Now the trip anouncement. New Jersey Audubon has a trip to Washington State in July including a pelagic trip. For information call Karl Anderson at Rancocas Nature Center at (609) 261-2495. 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.

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