Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/26/1992
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 26, 1992 at 1:15 pm, with reports of HENSLOW'S and LECONTE'S SPARROWS, SNOWY OWLS, RAZORBILLS, HARLEQUINS, RED-NECKED GREBE, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, SEDGE WREN, and seasonal and and local reports of interest.

The LECONTE'S and HENSLOW'S SPARROWS continue in the western portion of Overpeck Park, in the town of Ridgefield Park. Reach it from Rt. 46 via Challenger Blvd. Follow the signs for Challenger Blvd. and theaters; turn left at the theaters and take Challenger to the end; park in the parking lot and walk out the dirt road. HENSLOW'S SPARROW has been on the left of the dirt road, LECONTE'S to the right. Also present here, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the Phragmites at the edge of the road.

The two SNOWY OWLS at Caven Pier in Liberty State Park in Jersey City were back on Feb. 23, and the barges are back as well, one owl on each barge. RAZORBILLS at Manasquan Inlet now number as high as four at one time. If last year was the mother of all winters this must be the father. HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet near the new jetty. EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Lake Takanassee on the second pond. The RED-NECKED GREBE present since Feb. 15 continues daily in the boat basin at Belmar, in among the pilings, sometimes with the Pied-bills and the Ruddies.

The LARK SPARROWS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continue on Nurko Rd. near Assunpink; from Rt. 539 go left on the Windsor-Perrineville Rd., right on Imlaystown Rd., and left at the ninety-degree turn on Nurko Rd. about 100 yards. Look along the road for the Lark, and for the Clay-color sometimes in the fields opposite the single house.

At Turkey Point in Dividing Creek, across the footbridge at the end of the road, birds seen this week included SHORT-EARED OWL, SEDGE WREN, YELLOWTHROAT, and both salt sparrows. A BALD EAGLE was in Great Swamp several days last week; the NORTHERN SHRIKE on Pleasant Plains Rd. in the Swamp was also reported last week. The Paulins Kill Shrike was still present early this week. COMMON MERGANSERS were widely reported everywhere this week.

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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