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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/2/2000
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb 2 with reports of Review List THAYER'S GULL and VARIED THRUSH, and other reports of NORTHERN SHRIKES, COMMON REDPOLLS, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, REDHEAD, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, PEREGRINE, BALD EAGLE and local reports.

A first year THAYER'S GULL was watched by four observers and video-taped for one and a half hours Sat Jan 29 at Florence.

A male VARIED THRUSH is coming to a feeder at 4040 Oak St in Buena, Atlantic County. The bird is coming to feeders at the end of the driveway next to the house and is drive-up. Take 206/54 south to Rte. 40; go east on Rte 40 about a quarter mile to Oak St. Turn right on Oak St., go to #4040 (#on mail box) and drive to the end of the driveway. The bird is ahead. Stay in the car. The bird is skittish and may be spooked. The bird has been photographed- no need to crowd it.

NORTHERN SHRIKES were present this weekend at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road; at Stony Brook Millstone Watershed on the red shale trail; and at Round Valley, where there were also a few REDPOLLS and 2 REDHEADS among the RINGNECKS.

COMMON REDPOLLS were on the Old Mine Road at Worthington and Poxono this week.

COMMON EIDER continues with HARLEQUIN at Barnegat Light. At 7th St., Avalon, there were HARLEQUIN and COMMON EIDER Feb 1.

Sandy Hook Jan 29-30 had SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 10,000 SCAUP, 500 OLDSQUAW, a COMMON MERGANSER (rare there), a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

A PEREGRINE continues in the Rosedale Park area in Mercer County.

At Oberle Road, Alpha, up to 6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS continue this week, with 100 HORNED LARKS, up to 15 SNOW BUNTING and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

A BALD EAGLE was on the Hackensack River at New Milford this week.

Some 60 SAVANNAH SPARROWS were in the fields west of the Institute Woods in Princeton this week.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list rarities goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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