Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/15/1996
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, Feb. 15 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BROWN PELICAN, SANDHILL CRANE, EIDERS, HARLEQUINS, EAGLES, GULLS, SHRIKES of course (58 at last count); COMMON REDPOLL; RED-NECKED GREBE; local reports of interest and an important conservation alert.

A SANDHILL CRANE flew over Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp NWR, on Feb. 15, headed toward the Great Blue Heron rookery.

A BARROW'S GOLDENEYE has been present in the Delaware R. Feb. 11-15, mostly seen from the Pennsylvania side. It is seen between Washington Crossing and the Scudders Falls (Interstate 95) bridge. Most viewing is from Rt. 32, River Rd., in Pennsylvania. Today at 2 PM [and until 4:45 -tr.] the bird was near I-95 along Rt. 32. Park in the Yardley fisherman's access just below the bridge.

Barnegat Light this week had a BROWN PELICAN Feb. 11. During the week, the Winter assortment of EIDERS, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUINS, PURPLE SANDPIPERS, LOONS, and RED KNOT was seen there.

COMMON REDPOLLS reported this week included 2 at the Scherman-Hoffman feeders in Bernardsville, Feb. 14-15, in the afternoon only. Also, REDPOLLS were at Peters Valley, Sussex Co., at the intersection of 615 at a feeder; others at Panther Valley (Warren Co.), and Stockholm on Rt. 23.

Feb. 10 there were 2 RAVENS at the Delaware Water Gap, and another at Yard's Creek power station at Rt. 94 in Walnut Valley. BALD and GOLDEN EAGLES were at Dingman's Bridge Feb. 10. Two NORTHERN SHRIKES were at the Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area on Rt. 615 the same day.

A probable GLAUCOUS GULL was at Carteret on Arthur Kill, visible from the Cargo Logistics parking lot on Industrial Ave. on Feb. 11. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was in the Sewaren section of Woodbridge, on the Arthur Kill, at the Woodbridge Twp boat launch. The three HARLEQUINS continue at the Perth Amboy boat basin; take Smith St. east to its dead-end at the Tottenville Ferry sign and jog right to the basin.

REDHEADS and many CANVASBACKS continue at the Hackensack Meadows Environment Center in Lyndhurst. Both BARRED OWL and SAW-WHET OWL were heard calling in the rain on Feb. 10 at 4 PM at the Great Swamp.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE is still at Assunpink on the road south of Headquarters, and Ring-necks and COMMON MERGANSERS were on the lake. A MERLIN was at Kingston on Feb. 12.

On the Ocean Drive in Cape May, there were 7 HORNED GREBES and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES at the first bridge on the way to Wildwood Crest.

CONSERVATION ALERT: Please call your US House Member (202) 224-3121; ask him or her to sign on to Congresswoman Morella's letter to Speaker Gingrich, urging repeal of the moratorium on Endangered Species Act listing from the 1996 Appropriations Bill. The Moratorium prevents not only species listing but also designation of critical habitat. Thanks very much.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape usually changes Wednesday, more often if necessary. To report birds, please call Tuesday at 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

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