Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/8/1995
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Feb. 8, 1995 at noon with reports of FRANKLIN'S GULL, BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ICELAND GULL, REDHEADS, EURASIAN WIGEON, BALD EAGLE, SHORT-EARED OWL, BARN OWL, BARRED OWL, local reports and a notice of escaped birds.

The BLACK-HEADED GROSBEAK at the Cooper Center feeder, Cattus Island County Park, was still coming this week. The NORTHERN SHRIKE is still on Decker Rd. off Rt. 206 below Ross's Corner opposite the Police Station.

The McFRANKLIN'S GULL at MacDonald's in Atlantic City at the end of the Expressway was still there Monday afternoon, Feb. 6, in the street; in the main road, and in the small park across the street in front of the AC Bus Terminal. The owner of Mac's does not want the gulls fed.

A first-year ICELAND GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 5. A EURASIAN WIGEON was at Lake Takanassee also Feb. 5. BALD EAGLES continued at Wanaque Reservoir and Oradell Reservoir. SHORT-EARED OWLS can be seen at Manahawkin, Jakes Landing, and also Brig, where the BARN OWL has also been in the nest box. In the Great Swamp, the SHORT-EARED OWL and BARRED OWL were still present on Pleasant Plains Rd.

In the Hackensack Meadowlands this week birds included the following: 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 2 imm. ICELAND GULLS on Feb. 8 at the Environmental Center; COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, PIED-BILLED GREBE and COOTS in the Hackensack River behind Janatex off the Belleville Pike in Kearney; and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, also near the Environment Center.

Birds along Ocean Drive from Cape May to Wildwood, despite the ice, included REDHEAD, SEMIPALMATED PLOVER, WESTERN SANDPIPER, OYSTERCATCHER, along with the usual DUNLINS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, and SANDERLING.

In Rumson, at least 8 REDHEADS were on Polly's Pond, and thousands of GREATER SCAUP were off Oceanic Bridge on Feb. 4.

An aviary collapsed in the snow storm at the Bronx Zoo, and various gulls and terns escaped, including BAND-TAILED GULL, ANDEAN GULL, GRAY GULL, and INCA TERN. Some have not been rounded up; keep an eye out.

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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