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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/13/2002
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 13 with reports of review list species BARNACLE GOOSE, VARIED THRUSH, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, and THICK-BILLED MURRE, plus CRANES (sp.), SNOWY OWL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and an announcement.

First that: Effective Thursday February 21, as in next Thursday, the Voice of New Jersey Audubon will move to the new Sandy Hook Bird Observatory. Beginning February 21, the new hotline number will be 732-872-2595. To report birds to the tape after the move, call 732-872-2500. Please take note of this information.

The Merrill Creek Reservoir goose fest continued through the weekend, with the BARNACLE GOOSE reported there through Saturday February 9 and the WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and small-race CANADA GOOSE through Sunday February 10, as well as Bald Eagle and a flock of SNOW GEESE that has now built to about 15,000 birds.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was seen Sunday February 10 at Manasquan Inlet.

The little lost VARIED THRUSH at Garrett Mountain was re-found near the public conveniences there on Sunday February 10.

The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen Sunday February 10 at Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook, with two probable female BARROW'S. The ICELAND GULL that frequents the BARROW'S spot, near the pilings at the south end of the cove, was seen February 9.

The crane flock of apparent mixed descent, COMMON CRANE with SANDHILL, continues at Bostwick Lake on the Salem/Cumberland Co. border near Deerfield.

RED CROSSBILLS continue at Harrisonville Pond (or Lake) in Wharton State Forest through Sunday, February 10.

A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL has joined the LITTLE GULLS at the Cape May Ferry Terminal, and was seen there Sunday February 10. CLAY-COLORED and LARK SPARROWS also continue in Cape May; call the Cape May hotline (609) 898-BIRD for details.

A SNOWY OWL was seen at Forsythe a.k.a. Brigantine February 9.

A female COMMON EIDER, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, PEREGRINE, and the usual HARLEQUINS and other ducks were at Barnegat Light Sunday February 10. A female KING EIDER was reported there February 8.

Oil City Road in the Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge on the Sussex County border with New York State continues to hold raptors, with 4 reliable SHORT-EARED OWLS, dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and about a dozen NORTHERN HARRIERS seen there over the weekend.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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