This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 17, 1993, at noon, with reports of COMMON CRANE, ROCK WREN, PUFFIN, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, HARRIS'S SPARROW, HARLEQUIN, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, BALD EAGLE, local reports, a pelagic trip announcement, and an announcement about a hearing on Great Swamp Feb. 23, of interest to birders.
A COMMON CRANE of unknown origin appeared Feb. 15 in the morning, in Salem Co., on Compromise Rd. near the "Redhead Pond," just north of Mannington Marsh off Rt. 45. The bird was photographed. It was not there in the afternoon. Birders are looking for it today. An escaped bird of this species appeared in Westchester, NY last year.
Also in Salem Co., there have been 4 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS: 2 adult males, one sub-adult male, and one female, between Apple Blossom Farm, Fort Elfsborg Rd., and the road to the Nuclear Plant. A COM. BLACK-HEADED GULL has also been regularly at the Nuclear Plant.
The ROCK WREN in Cape May was not reported to the tape this week.
The Feb. 15 Pelagic on the Miss Chris out of Cape May to the Alcid belt, 25 miles out, turned up 45 RAZORBILLS, 25 KITTIWAKES, 80 COM. LOON, a female EIDER sp., 14 unidentified alcids, 4 MURRE sp., 4 COM. MURRES, and 1 PUFFIN. Birders wishing to get on Sunday boat trips on the Miss Chris from Cape May to the alcid belt should call Capt. Fred Ascoli at 609 884 3939.
A HARRIS'S SPARROW was found by 2 observers Feb. 10 at Assunpink in a flock of White-throats, between the lake parking lot and the headquarters. From the lake parking lot, the bird was on the first dirt road to the left on the way to the HQ; it was not seen Feb. 14.
HARLEQUINS, KING EIDERS and COMMON EIDERS were all seen Feb. 14 at Barnegat Light. An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was at Johnson Park in New Brunswick on Rt. 18 Feb. 13. The third-winter ICELAND GULL continues on Olden Pond in Haledon near NJAS Headquarters; take Ewing Ave. south to High Mountain Rd., go left on High Mountain Rd., take it several miles staying left at the Y, to Haledon. Olden Pond is on the right, the bird is drive-up.
An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the ice at Lake Hopatcong off Hopatcong State Park on Feb. 15. The view from the park is by scope; a better view of the gulls is from the foot of Yellow Barn Ave., off Mt. Arlington Blvd. in Roxbury.
Three RAZORBILLS were at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 14. BALD EAGLE and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were at Manasquan Reservoir Feb. 14. EURASIAN WIGEONS this week were at Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area near the Bridge to Nowhere Feb. 15; Marconi Rd., Shark River, Feb. 14; and Liberty State Park, Jersey City, Feb. 11.
Now the announcement about Great Swamp. A public hearing will be held at 7 PM Feb. 23 (Tuesday) at Chatham Middle School on Rt. 24 in Chatham, on the draft regulations of the Great Swamp Watershed Advisory Committee to DEPE on protecting the Swamp. The public is invited to comment on the regulations either at the hearing or in writing, to Commissioner Scott Wiener, NJ Dept. of Environmental Protection & Energy, CN 402, Trenton NJ 08625, until March 9. The draft regulations urge a number of measures to control regional impacts on water and habitat in Great Swamp NWR.
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.