Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/6/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 6, 1991, at 2:45 pm, with reports of Eared Grebe, Bohemian Waxwing, Common Murre, Eurasian Wigeons, King Eiders, Harlequins, Brewer's and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Black-headed and Lesser Black-backed Gulls, Razorbills, Northern Shrikes, Long-billed Dowitchers, Red-headed Woodpecker, Bald Eagle, Short-eared Owl, local reports, and an extralimital report, first that: the 6 Barnacle Geese have been rediscovered on Cape Cod, back in Osterville, at the end of Bayview Ave. off Bridge St. Call the Massachusetts tape for details, (617) 259-8805. At Sandy Hook on Feb. 3 a Bohemian Waxwing was found in a flock of Cedar Waxwings at parking area F; no reports since. The Eared Grebe at Sandy Hook was still present in Horseshoe Cove Feb. 4; park at area L. Best viewing is from the spit, morning is the best light. The Northern Shrike at the Hook, a brown bird, was seen Feb. 2 at parking area L. Common Murre was seen off Sea Girt Feb. 2. Two Eurasion Wigeons continue at Shark River, either at Marconi Rd. or Belmar Blvd, and an immature Black-headed Gull is being seen there regularly in the morning. Another Eurasian Wigeon is "drive-up" at Franklin Lake in West Long Branch. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was on Lake Takanasee on Feb. 2. A King Eider continues off New Brunswick Ave, Lavalette, and six others are at the Island Beach jetty. Harlequins are at the 8th St jetty in Barnegat Light, and another Harlequin is at the Cape May Coast Guard jetty. A boat trip offshore from Brielle to Sandy Hook on Feb. 5 yielded 50 Razorbills, all offshore. Brewer's Blackbirds continue in the Salem area, off Fort Elfsborg Rd and also South Featherbed Lane; from the town of Salem take Rt 49 south to Hancocks Bridge Rd. Turn Right on Hancocks Bridge Rd and then right on Fort Elfsborg Road; look on the Apple Blossom Farm for the blackbirds, and also look on South Featherbed Lane which goes off Fort Elfsborg. After 3 pm is best. The Yellow-headed Blackbirds are also being seen here, as well as on Compromise Rd. off Rt. 45 near Mannington Marsh in Salem County. Northern Shrikes this week are as follows: the Barber Pond bird in Wayne, daily this week, singing. The Thompson Park bird in Monmouth County came back this week. The Stony Brook-Millstone bird in Mercer County is daily. Another Northern Shrike was seen this week at the Municipal Building in Layton, Sussex County, just off Rt. 206, near the closed road into the Flatbrook Wildlife Management Area. Two Bald Eagles were on Wanaque Res. this week; others are on the Upper Delaware River. In the Cape May area, near Wildwood Crest on Ocean Drive, in the big pool, on the Coast Guard property, are Tricolored Heron, 5 Long-billed Dowitcher, 12 Lesser Yellowlegs, 10 Greater Yellowlegs, and a flock of Dunlin. Red-headed Woodpeckers continue at Rahway River Park, Rahway. Short-eared Owls are at the following locations: Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center in Lyndhurst; Skillman Rd near Burnt Hill Rd [Montgomery Township]; Manahawkin Wildlife Management Area and the AT&T road north of the WMA; and also at several locations south of Rt 72 on Barngat Bay, off Rt. 9 on Parkertown Rd. and Cedar Run Dock Rd.; also at Alpha; also at Locktown Rd and Rt 12 near Frenchtown; and also at Holgate. 15 Black Vultures were on Echo Lake Rd off Rt. 23 in Pequannock Watershed, others this week were at Bernardsville and Denville. A Great Egret was at Mannington Marsh in Salem County this week, and 20 Snow Buntings continue at the northern tip of Sandy Hook. 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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