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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/15/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 15, 1995 with reports of TUFTED DUCK, FRANKLIN'S GULL, SANDHILL CRANE, MARBLED GODWIT, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, ICELAND GULL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and local reports.

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 (west) 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. The bird was not reported afterwards but is probably still in the area.

The McFRANKLIN'S GULL was still at the Bus Terminal in Atlantic City at the end of the Expressway on Feb. 12.

A SANDHILL CRANE was reported Feb. 12 in the vicinity of exit 109 of the Garden State Parkway. Five MARBLED GODWITS were seen Feb. 11 with other shorebirds, just the other side of the bridge to Brigantine Island, on the left, on the extensive flats; reach it from Rt. 30 in Atlantic City.

In Salem County, 2 male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were with Redwings on Rt. 581, Commissioner Pike; take Rt. 40 east from Sharptown about 5 miles, go right on 581 a mile or so, look for a big flock of Redwings. Also there, 200 HORNED LARKS, 100 AMERICAN PIPITS, a dozen MEADOWLARKS.

EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Coast Guard Ponds in Wildwood Crest, Cape May County. REDHEADS this week were in Monmouth Beach at the Tufted Duck, also at Merrill Creek Reservoir (Warren Co.). An ICELAND GULL was at Griffin Park in Monmouth Beach on Feb. 12. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week were at Alpha, at Overpeck, at Hackensack Meadowlands in Lyndhurst (where there is also an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER); and other Rough-legs are at Manahawkin with SHORT-EARED OWLS.

The BARRED OWL continues at Pleasant Plains Rd. in Great Swamp. RAVENS are at the Delaware Water Gap and also at the microwave tower in High Point State Park. BALD EAGLES and a GOLDEN EAGLE are on the upper Delaware; BALD EAGLES are also at Wanaque Reservoir and Oradell Reservoir.

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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