Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/28/1996
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., Feb. 28 at noon with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, HARLEQUINS, COM. EIDER, N. SHRIKE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED-NECKED GREBE, REDHEAD, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ICELAND GULL, seasonal and local reports and a conservation note.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was in a flock of Canadas last week south of Flemington in Hunterdon County on Cider Mill Road. From Flemington, take Rte 31 south to Rte 514 (Amwell Rd.). Take 514 west to a right turn on Cider Mill Rd. Look for the geese past the dogleg.

BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and NORTHERN SHRIKE were reported in Cape May this week; not seen Feb. 25; no word since. One COMMON EIDER and 15 HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Light with SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and the usual suspects. The HARLEQUIN was back at Sandy Hook Feb. 25.

NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in Great Swamp earlier this week. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was on Compromise Rd., Mannington Feb. 24. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were in the Hackensack Meadowlands Feb. 25 and 26; one at Kearny East near the Janatex Road and the other further up the river off the Sawmill Creek marshes. REDHEADS also continue at HMEC; others this week were at Lake Takanassee; Stockton Lake; and Clinton.

The REDHEADED WOODPECKER continues in Verona Park on Bloomfield Ave. ICELAND GULL is still at Oldham Pond, North Haledon (mornings). LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported this week from Moorestown Feb. 23; and from Sharptown at Cowtown on Rte 40 Feb. 24.

AMERICAN PIPITS were reported on Raritan Bayshore Feb. 24. Other migrants moving this week were PINTAIL, HORNED LARK, and KILLDEER. WOODCOCK were reported displaying in both North and South Jersey this week.

At Tuckahoe-Corbin Feb. 25 there were 200 PINTAIL, 100 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 50 HOODED MERGANSERS plus WIGEON and GADWALL. Kearny East and HMEC this week both had hundreds of GADWALL and HMEC had over 300 CANVASBACKS. Lake Parsippany had 2 White-winged Scoter Feb. 28. Assunpink on Feb. 25 had AM. COOT, LESSER SCAUP, CANVASBACK and TUNDRA SWAN. Rogers Refuge in Princeton Feb. 26 had 11 WOOD DUCK, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and PINTAIL, SAPSUCKER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Conservation Alert: Thanks to all who made calls Feb. 27 to House members in support of HR 2745 to repeal the rider that allows salvage logging broadly defined on National Forests with suspension of environmental laws. As of Feb. 27, the bill had 104 cosponsors. NJ delegation cosponsors as of Feb. 27 included Reps. Payne, Torricelli, Menendez, Pallone and Franks. Thanks to them, and please continue to call the others to support HR 2745. Call at 202- 224-3121. Many thanks.

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, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling.

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