Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/17/1994
This is the voice of NJ Audubon update for Thursday, Feb. 17, 1994 at noon with reports of the mother of all RED-NECKED GREBE flights; BREWER'S and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS; KING EIDER; GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS; rarities in neighboring states, and local reports of SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, HORNED LARK, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEADS, ROUGHLEGS, SHORT-EARS, and the like. A monster movement of RED-NECKED GREBES hit the state on Feb. 12: one hundred twenty-four birds, at least, were in Cape May County just between Avalon and Cape May Point (Cape May is snow-free). Three birds on Lily Lake; 5 at Cape May Point State Park; 23 at Town Bank; 35 in West Wildwood along the Ocean Drive; 26 in Stone Harbor; 6 in Avalon; and scattered twos and threes elsewhere, mostly in bays, boat basins, docks, ponds, and marinas, with only a very few on the ocean. Elsewhere in the state at least 9 were in Shark River estuary Feb. 12, most of them on Riverside Dr. One is also in the Shark River Marina. Others included 3 on the Delaware River at Delanco, Burlington Co., and 2 in Oyster Creek, Lacey Township. Another was in Barnegat Inlet Feb. 14. Those are the ones we know about; the numbers will go up when people can get out. A BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was at Assunpink on East Branch Rd. on Feb. 12 along with 100 HORNED LARKS, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and 11 SNOW BUNTINGS. At least 5 accipiters are in the area. BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS are also at Apple Blossom Farm, Fort Elfsborg Rd, in Salem. The TRUMPETER SWANS were not reported to the tape Feb. 15-17 at Mannington Marsh. There are large numbers of Horned Larks there. YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD continues at Bayshore and New England Roads in Cape May; others are in Sharptown on Featherbed Lane, and also in Canton, both in Salem County. The sub[adult] male KING EIDER was "photo op" at the base of the lighthouse at Barnegat Inlet on Feb. 14. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS this week included 2 at Spring Lake Feb. 12, one at Shark River Feb. 14, one at Manasquan Feb. 14, and one at Barnegat Inlet Feb. 14. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was at Old Sam's Pond Feb. 12. EURASIAN WIGEON and REDHEAD are still on Ocean Drive near the Coast Guard in Cape May. REDHEADS were also at Shark River and at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center area in Lyndhurst, where there are also PEREGRINES, ROUGHLEGS, and COMMON MERGANSER. ROUGHLEGS and SHORT-EARS are at Mott's Creek north of Forsythe Refuge. One thousand HORNED LARKS and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS are on Fostertown Rd. in Lumberton, Burlington Co. Get this: BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS are in Connecticut and Maryland (at Assateague); GYRFALCONS are in Maryland, Iowa, and also at Derby Hill, NY; and PINE GROSBEAKS are as close as Ithaca, NY. 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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