This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, March 13, 1991, at 1 pm, with reports of Lark Sparrow, Yellow-headed Blackbird, both Shrikes, Harlequins, Eurasian Wigeon, Redheads, Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, Short-eared Owl, Black Vulture, Bald Eagle, the Pennsylvania Hawk Owl, and local reports.
As this, the mother of all recent birding winters, draws to a close, the reports continue to be good. Lark Sparrow continues at Clarksboro, Gloucester County, at a feeder; at the second house past Hidden Acres Park on Jesup Mill Road. From Interstate 295, exit at the Paulsboro-Clarksboro exit. Coming off the ramp, follow the signs for Clarksboro. Take 667 east to the New Jersey Turnpike. Immediately after crossing over the turnpike, turn left on Jesup Mill Road. After Hidden Acres Park, park on the road near the second house and watch the feeder.
In Salem County the Loggerhead Shrike and the Yellow-headed Blackbird continue on South Featherbed lane off Fort Elfsborg Road. No reports this week of Brewer's Blackbird; they were reported last week. Northern Shrikes are holding out at their respective fiefs; reported this week were birds at Sandy Hook; at Thompson Park [Lincroft], at the back of the park with Short-eared Owls; and at Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Preserve [Pennington]. Harlequins continue at Island Beach State Park and across the inlet at Barnegat State Park; mostly on the north side of the jetties, they are best seen from Island Beach. No reports of the Snowy Owl this week; perhaps everyone has seen it.
Eurasian Wigeons continue on Franklin Lake in Eatontown/Long Branch; two Redheads were at Marconi Road, Shark River, this week, along with a first year Lesser Black-backed Gull. Redhead has also been seen on Twilight Lake in Bayhead. Adult Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gulls have been seen in the past ten days at Kearny Marsh or on the landfills across the Belleville Pike from Kearny Marsh.
Short-eared Owls continue at Manahawkin; and at Frenchtown; and at Thompson Park. Black Vulture was seen from Rt. 206 at Culver Lake (Big Day teams take note). Migrants reported this week included Rusty Blackbird and Phoebe at Trenton Marsh; Ring-necked Ducks widely reported; and Wood Ducks at Great Swamp. Bald Eagles continue at Mannington Marsh; no reports this week of Eared Grebe or Bohemian Waxwing at Sandy Hook, at least since March 6; perhaps no one is still looking. The Pennsylvania Hawk Owl was still present as of last weekend.
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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.