Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/18/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., March 18, 1998 with reports of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUIN, REDHEADS, seasonal reports and local reports of interest.

About 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen March 15 and 17 in Kittatinny State park in hemlocks off Gooddale Road near its intersection with Sussex Branch Trail. EVENING GROSBEAK and PINE SISKIN continue to be seen in the A.M. near 1069 Veterans Highway in Jackson. There are sporadic REDPOLL reports from feeders in northern NJ, but few reports from public lands.

On Raritan Bay March 7, an ICELAND GULL was at Laurence Harbor; two CANVASBACKS at Natco lake; a female HARLEQUIN and 50 GREAT CORMORANTS at the long pier in Keansburg just before the Amusement Park; and RED-THROATED LOONS at South Amboy, Keyport and Atlantic Highlands, where there was also PURPLE SANDPIPER.

Elsewhere, three REDHEADS were in the irrigation pond at Hominy Hill Golf course in Colts Neck March 16. SAPSUCKERS were reported from Owl Haven and Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries this week; also at Scherman-Hoffman this week were CREEPER, WINTER WREN, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET and FIELD SPARROW. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road; also seen in the swamp were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, PINTAILS, RINGNECKS, HOODED MERGANSERS and GREEN-WINGED TEAL.

A flock of PURPLE FINCHES were on the railroad bed at Black River March 16, and flocks of PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and MALLARD were in the river there.

PHOEBES were reported from several North Jersey locations this week. PINE WARBLERS were reported moving in the Pinelands of southern NJ. The only report from the shore was of a COMMON EIDER at Barnegat Light. Other birds reported moving this week were FLICKER, FIELD SPARROW, TREE SWALLOW, FOX SPARROW, all three ACCIPITERS, and HERRING and RING-BILLED GULLS.

Best report from Friday the 13th was of a MERLIN in Parsippany snacking on a starling!

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