This is the voice of NJ Audubon update for Thursday, Feb. 23, 1994 at noon with reports of COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BREWER'S and YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ICELAND GULL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL, BALD EAGLES, and a boat trip, first that:
Bogan's codfish boat, the Jamaica II, leaving 3 AM Feb. 20 from Brielle, 25 to 45 miles out, produced 5 KITTIWAKES, 15 GANNETS, one RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 RED-THROATED LOONS, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 26 RAZORBILLS, 3 large ALCIDS (sp.), and 2 COMMON MURRE. Bogan's number is (908) 528-6620. The cod boats leave before 3 AM if full, so get there at 1 AM; discount for birders.
RED-NECKED GREBES were reported this week from Cape May (bunches), Floodgates, Salem Nuclear Plant, 12 at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 21, 5 or 6 still in the Shark River area Feb. 19-20; 10 at Beverly, one at Burlington, 3 at Delanco, and also at Stone Harbor, Brielle, Avon, and Holgate -- where the SNOWY OWL also remains as of Feb. 15.
The Salem Nuclear Plant had BLACK-HEADED GULL and AM. PIPIT Feb. 20-21. YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown, at King's Highway, Feb. 20; another was at the south end of Compromise Rd., also near Sharptown, also Feb. 20. At Assunpink on East Branch Road Feb. 20 were 150 HORNED LARKS, AM. PIPIT, one LAPLAND LONGSPUR, one BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, and 6 SNOW BUNTINGS. LAPLAND LONGSPURS in addition to the Assunpink bird were reported this week as follows: five at Sandy Hook, north beach, Feb. 21; one on Oberly Rd., Alpha, with SNOW BUNTINGS and 150 HORNED LARKS; and several in the HORNED LARK / SNOW BUNTING flock on Fostertown Rd. in Lumberton.
An ICELAND GULL was on Wreck Pond Feb. 19. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen this week at Oberly Rd.; at the Hackensack Meadowlands Env. Ctr. at Lyndhurst; at Mott's Creek, and also at Montgomery, Somerset County. A SHORT-EARED OWL was reported Feb. 20 and 21 just north of the Seaview Mall, Ocean Township, at 5 PM both evenings. BALD EAGLES were reported at Mannington Marsh, also in Morris Township, near the Rabbinical College, and also on the Delaware River.
Other local reports include: 5 WOOD DUCKS at Sinnickson's Landing; 13 BLACK VULTURES on Compromise Rd.; hundreds of TUNDRA SWANS at Sharptown; dozens of WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS on Apple Blossom Farm, all Salem County. Also AM. PIPITS in Cape May Point State Park and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK at Manasquan Reservoir.
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.