This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, Mar. 11, 1992, at 12:30 PM, with reports of PACIFIC LOON, RAZORBILLS, various WINTER GULLS, HENSLOW'S, LECONTE'S, and GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, COMMON TEAL, REDHEAD, RED-NECKED GREBE, DICKCISSEL, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, local reports, and two announcements.
The PACIFIC LOON resurfaced at Manasquan Inlet and was seen on March 6, 8, 9, and 10. Also there were varying numbers of RAZORBILLS, and ICELAND GULL on March 10. At least 3 LITTLE GULLS were at Reed's Beach March 7, and a SANDHILL CRANE was at Reed's Beach Rd. and Rt. 47 in Cape May Cty. on Sunday March 8, not reported since.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at the Salem Nuclear Plant. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS continue at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Center pool, and also at Johnson Park in Highland Park off Rt. 18. A BLACK-HEADED GULL has also been seen off and on at Reed's Beach. The LECONTE'S and HENSLOW'S SPARROWS and the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were all seen this week at Overpeck Park, along with a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW on March 10. If you can stand it, reach it from Rt. 46 via Challenger Blvd. to the end.
SNOWY OWL continues this week at Liberty Park in Jersey City, at Caven Pier. Listen for a word about Caven Pier at the end of this message. Also at Liberty Park this week was the EURASIAN WIGEON at the pier off the old Ferry Terminal. Other EURASIAN WIGEONS are at the back end of Lake Takanassee in Long Branch and at Mannington Marsh, at the Rt. 45 end, in Salem Cty.
NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at the north end of Paulins Kill Lake in Sussex Cty, and another continues on Pleasant Plains Rd. in Great Swamp, along with SHORT-EARED OWL, HARRIER, and WOODCOCK. A COMMON TEAL, alias EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, was found at Marconi Rd., Shark River, March 8. A REDHEAD was at Demott's Pond, Clinton, during the week. The RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Belmar at the Shark River Marina among the pilings. Three COMMON EIDERS were at Barnegat Inlet March 6; at least one DICKCISSEL continues at Money Island Rd., Salem Cty, with the chickens. Fifteen TURKEYS were on Morse Rd., West Milford, Passaic Cty., this week. A BALD EAGLE was at Lake Hopatcong at Henderson Cove.
There is still room on the following NJ Audubon trips: Gaspe Peninsula, July 4-12; South Carolina Low Country, in April, and the Maine trip to Acadia Aug. 2-8. For information contact Karl Anderson at Rancocas Nature Center (609) 261-2495.
Now the announcement about Caven Pier. NJ Department of Environmental Protection and Energy is proposing to close Caven Pier by severing it from the mainland for safety reasons. The Pier offers access to the waterfront, great fishing and birding, and great views of the NY Harbor. To save the Pier, write Jim Hall, Assistant Commissioner for Natural Resources, NJ DEPE, CN402, Trenton NJ, 08625.
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.