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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/11/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Mar 11 with reports of THAYER'S GULL, other GULLS, WINTER FINCHES, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN, EURASIAN WIGEON, seasonal reports of migrants and birds of local interest.

At Florence March 10, an adult THAYER'S GULL was sighted, along with 30 LESSER BLACKBACKS, 10 ICELAND, 2 GLAUCOUS and arriving LAUGHING GULLS. EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Mannington Marsh at the Rte 45 crossing. An ICELAND GULL was at the Nuke plant in Salem March 7.

In Jackson, the EVENING GROSBEAKS and PINE SISKINS continue between 7 and 8 a.m. at 1069 Veteran's H'way (Rte. 528). Reports continue of REDPOLLS around feeders in northern New Jersey, especially in the Highlands, but no reports of crossbills are coming in.

At Hereford Inlet March 6, there were three COMMON EIDER among the OLDSQUAW, and another COMMON EIDER was at Barnegat Light also March 6 along with HARLEQUIN.

At Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road March 9 in the rain, two BARRED OWLS were sitting in the last spruce in the usual place after not having been seen all winter! Also on Pleasant Plains Road, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue, some GREAT BLUE HERONS are on the nests, HARRIERS were hunting the fields, PINTAILS are in pool 2, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were here and there, and RING-NECKED DUCK and HOODED MERGANSER continue in the pool at the closed bridge.

In the Hackensack Meadowlands March 7, there were hundreds of CANVASBACK and GADWALL, 5 GREAT CORMORANT (rare there until two years ago) and SNIPE; COMMON MOORHEN, COMMON MERGANSER, HOODED MERGANSER and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and smaller numbers of BUFFLEHEAD, GREATER SCAUP, and a hundred RUDDY DUCKS in Kearny; another hundred RUDDIES at the HMEC; and HORNED GREBES and PIED-BILLED GREBES on the river.

Migrants reported this week included GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, EASTERN PHOEBE, WINTER WREN, BROWN CREEPER, TREE SWALLOW, LAUGHING GULL, TOWHEE, PURPLE FINCH, RING-NECKED DUCK, PINTAIL, COOPER'S and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, KILLDEER, SNIPE and GREAT BLUE HERON.

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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