Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/25/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Feb 25 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WINTER GULLS, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, EURASIAN WIGEON, seasonal and local reports and two pelagic trip reports.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was at Natco Lake in Union Beach off Rte. 36 on Rose Lane Feb. 20.

A ROSS'S GOOSE continues in Salem Co. in Sharptown; last seen Feb 21 on Compromise Road; also seen sometimes on Featherbed Lane. At nearby Mannington Marsh near the Rte. 45 crossing, a EURASIAN WIGEON was among the many ducks.

A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen at Sandy Hook off area L Feb. 22; also at the Hook on Feb 21, an ICELAND GULL at the auditorium. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at South Amboy Feb 22.

At Florence on the Delaware this week, GLAUCOUS, ICELAND, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a NELSON'S GULL (HYBRID) were found. At Barnegat Light Feb 22, about 200 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 5 COMMON EIDER and 12 HARLEQUIN were noted.

The Miss Chris pelagic out of Cape May Feb 22 had GANNETS and two RIGHT WHALES; Bogen's Whale Watch 15 miles off Manasquan Feb 21 had GANNET, KITTIWAKE, 5 RAZORBILL, one ALCID (sp) and one Finback Whale.

In Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road, a pair of GREAT BLUE HERONS were already standing on a nest in the rookery; 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were also there; and also on the road were HARRIER, RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER.

At Oberle Road, Alpha, about 120 HORNED LARKS were seen (no spurs). Echo Lake Park in Mountainside had 23 HOODED MERGANSERS on Feb 24. Liberty State Park in Jersey City had 100's of RUDDY DUCKS and GREATER SCAUP this week, along with a Harbor Seal.

A place to keep an eye on in Cumberland County on the bayshore is the new restoration site in Port Norris (precise directions next week). It has boardwalks, trails, impoundments, etc. On Feb 22, it held four EAGLES, a PEREGRINE, 50 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS, COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, GREAT EGRETS, 20 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LITTLE BLUE HERON and a SWALLOW (sp).

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