Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/22/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 22, 1995 at noon with reports of TUFTED DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, FRANKLIN'S GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LITTLE GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, pelagice trip reports and announcements, and local reports.

Both the TUFTED DUCKS and BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were at Monmouth Beach off and on, Feb. 17 - 21 off Breakwater Cove in the Shrewsbury River. From Rt. 36 [northbound], turn left (west) on Park Road. At the second intersection turn right on Ice House Road; follow it around behind the building; go right into the driveway of Breakwater Cove condos and go to the end of the parking lot. [The ducks seem to be present early morning and late afternoon, less likely mid-day. -trans.]

The FRANKLIN'S GULL was not reported this week but may still be at the Atlantic City bus terminal at the end of the Expressway. The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at Ross's Corner off Rt. 206, Sussex Co., on Feb. 20. COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Monmouth Beach sewer plant on Feb. 20. The now-four-year-old ICELAND GULL returned again to Olden Pond, North Haledon, on Feb. 20. Take Ewing Ave. south from NJ Audubon Headquarters to reach it.

Two LITTLE GULLS are being seen off and on at the rips off Cape May between Second Ave. and Cape May Point State Park. The EURASIAN WIGEON and COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continue off and on at the Coast Guard Ponds on Ocean Drive in Wildwood Crest. A fabulous pelagic trip out of Cape May Feb. 19 had GREAT SKUA, NORTHERN FULMAR, several COMMON MURRES and over 700 DOVEKIE.

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE returned to the Delaware River Feb. 16-17, off N. Randolph St. in Cinnaminson. Take Rt. 73 towards the Tacony/Palmyra bridge; go north on Rt. 130; take the jug-handle at Main St., Riverton; go west to Broad St. and turn right on Broad. After crossing a small creek (about 1/4 mile) take the 3d left on Randolph to the end.

Other local bird notes: BALD EAGLES continue on the upper Delaware and Wanaque Reservoir. BARRED OWL and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER are still in Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd. Three YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were on Featherbed Lane, Sharptown, Feb. 18. Several BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were at Apple Blossom Farm, Ft. Elfsborg Rd., Salem Co., on Feb. 16. EURASIAN WIGEON was at Brig Feb. 18. Six HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Light, along with a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL, the same day.

A pelagic trip will go from Cape May Saturday, March 11, 8 AM to noon, $25; call Dave, (609) 884-3712. Another goes Saturday March 4 from the Viking Dock, Montauk, Long Island, to Block Canyon, 5 AM to 6 PM; cost $70; call John at (914) 234-0306. And more: the weekend fishing trips, 20-50 miles off Cape May, birder discount, call Capt. Fred at (609) 884-3939.

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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