Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/18/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for WED Feb 18, with reports of THAYER'S GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, WINTER FINCHES, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, MARBLED GODWIT, WESTERN SANDPIPER, EAGLES, waterfowl, WINTER GULLS and local reports of interest.

THAYER'S GULLS were seen again at Florence on the Delaware Feb. 14 and 16; also there this week were numerous LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and some ICELAND GULLS. LESSER BLACKBACKS also were reported this week from Florence, Sandy Hook, Highland Park, and the south end of Greenwood Lake.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported with Snows at Sharptown in Salem County.

WINTER FINCH reports this week were: 100 REDPOLLS in the town of Ringwood; and small numbers at Walpack Center near Blue Mtn Lake. EVENING GROSBEAK and SISKIN are still at feeders in Chatsworth near the municipal buiding.

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS continue at Alpha, Oberle Road among the HORNED LARKS, as of Feb 15. Thirty SNOW BUNTINGS were at the Edgeboro Landfill in East Brunswick.

Three COMMON EIDER and HARLEQUINS continued at Barnegat Light. MARBLED GODWITS are seen off and on between Nummi Island and Hereford Inlet; WESTERN SANDPIPERS were at Stone Harbor Point, and numbers of OYSTERCATCHERS were present at Hereford Inlet.

BALD EAGLES were at Leeds Point and Motts Creek. A GOLDEN EAGLE and 200 TUNDRA SWANS were at Brig this week. A SHORT-EARED OWL was at Cedar Run Dock Road, off Rte. 9 south of Rte. 72.

Two BALD EAGLES were on Lake Hopatcong this week; two others at Wanaque Res.; one at Carnegie Lake in Princeton; up to four continue at Yards Creek Reservoir; others are on the Delaware at Worthington, Poxono and Dingman's bridge.

Over 100 COMMON MERGANSERS were on Spruce Run this week, and over 100 RING-NECKED DUCKS were on the pond behind St. Teresa's in Succasunna.

Other local reports: a PINE WARBLER was in Mt. Laurel Feb 12. Up to 8 BLACK VULTURES are in the Bernardsville roost. SAPSUCKERS were reported this week at Merrill Creek, Worthington Campground and Poxono Island. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was on South Beverwyck Road in Parsippany Feb 15. About 200 CANVASBACKS were at the Hackensack Meadows Env. Center and another 200 at Liberty State Park, along with the usual numbers of other waterfowl and HORNED GREBES. A BLUE- WINGED TEAL has been present at Rogers Refuge, Princeton this week. A hundred WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were at Barnegat Light. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue on Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp.

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