This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, March 18, 1992, at 2:30 PM, with reports of PACIFIC LOON, RAVEN, RAZORBILLS, BREWER'S & YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN, HENSLOW'S, LECONTE'S, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED, & ICELAND GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, and local reports.
The PACIFIC LOON continues daily at Manasquan Inlet through March 18 along with varying numbers of RAZORBILLS.
Of great interest is the possibility of nesting RAVEN, for the first time in decades, at the Yard's Creek power station off Rt. 94 on Walnut Valley Rd. near Blairstown. The birds have been seen regularly, although for brief intervals only, on the cliffs above the Yard's Creek picnic area, most recently on March 16 between 3:00 and 3:30 pm, but at times anywhere from 10 AM on. The birds have been seen carrying a stone and a stick. Also there March 16, a NORTHERN SHRIKE.
In Salem County, BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were seen at the corner of South Featherbed and Fort Elfsborg Rd., March 15. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was at Apple Blossom Farm on Ft. Elfsborg Rd. on March 14. A REDHEAD was on Compromise Rd. on March 15, and a BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Salem Nuclear Plant on March 15.
The RED-NECKED GREBE was still at the Shark River Marina in Belmar on March 16. The EURASIAN WIGEON was at Lake Takanassee on March 15, and at Shark River occasionally during the week. Seven HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light.
LECONTE'S and HENSLOW'S SPARROWS were glimpsed at Overpeck Park this week, the LECONTE'S on March 15, as well as LAPLAND LONGSPUR. The LARK SPARROWS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS continue at Nurko Rd. at Assunpink. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was on the mud at low tide at the Hackensack Meadowlands Environment Center near the construction site March 14; the bird has a nearly full hood. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Kearny Marsh on March 14. Two ICELAND GULLS continue at Oldham Pond in North Haledon, off High Mountain Rd.
A CLIFF SWALLOW was reported from Lambertville on March 14; a PURPLE MARTIN was at Mannington Marsh on March 8; PECTORAL SANDPIPERS reached Cape May on March 5, and were in the Stow Creek area March 10 and March 13. Widely reported this week were EASTERN PHOEBE, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, and HOODED MERGANSER. NORTHERN SHRIKES continue at the Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd., and at Paulins Kill Lake.
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.