Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/4/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Feb 4 with reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, N. FULMAR, WINTER FINCHES, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING EIDER, Y-H BLACKBIRD, return of the SILVER GULL, and various local reports.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported on the Old Mine Road Feb. 1. The directions were: from the Delaware Water Gap at Rte. 80, drive north for about 20 minutes. Pass an abandoned school house and look for two houses across the street from each other. On the right is a small stucco house; on the left, a large white house with spruces in front. The solitaire was reported in the spruce and was reluctant to emerge. Also on Old Mine Road: two RAVENS, REDPOLLS, PILEATED WOODPECKER and SISKINS.

A pelagic trip Feb 1 off Brielle about 18 miles produced a NORTHERN FULMAR, one RAZORBILL, 35 KITTIWAKE and 5 fin whales. A GLAUCOUS GULL was in the Belmar marina also Feb 1. An ICELAND GULL was on the beach at Sandy Hook at Bayberry Beach on Jan. 31.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was last seen Jan 20. EURASIAN WIGEON continues Stockton Lake in Manasquan. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was unreported this week. Six MARBLED GODWITS were reported at Hereford Inlet. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported in Howell Twp. Jan 31. A KING EIDER was at Stone Harbor Point.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported with two SNOW GEESE in a flock of Canadas off Rte 78 West near Exit 26. From exit 26, go north one mile; then left for one mile and look for the flock. A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Round Valley near the wilderness camping boat launch Jan 29.

Winter finch reports Feb 1 were: two PINE GROSBEAKS at the north end of Clinton Rd at its intersection with the Warwick Turnpike near the deli; WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were at mile 3.5 on Clinton Road; 19 EVENING GROSBEAKS on Rte. 515 at the same feeder, house # 214. Elsewhere, SISKINS and EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported in Chatsworth near the post office. Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were at the feeders at the Weis Ecology Center Jan 29 & 30.

At Alpha, HORNED LARK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR were reported this week. At Manahawkin Feb 3, there were two BALD EAGLES and two ROUGHLEGS. At Jakes Landing, SHORT-EARED OWL was seen. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are still at Rahway River Park, Lenape Park in Cranford, and Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp, where there were also 29 WILD TURKEYS. The SILVER GULL of last year returned to Pennsville at Riverside Park (presumed an escape.)

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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