Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/20/1991
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, March 20, 1991, at 1 pm, with reports of Brewer's Blackbird, Lark Sparrow, Eared Grebe, Red-necked Grebe, Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, Northern Shrike, Eurasian Wigeon, Redhead, Evening Grosbeak, Short-eared Owl, local reports, and two announcements. First, take note that the area code of The Voice will change on June 1 from area 201 to area 908. Second, there area vacancies in the Fish & Wildlife Service Breeding Bird Surveys in NJ in the following communities: Villas, Bennetts Mills, Deepwater, Clarksville, and Midvale. Anyone interested in taking a breeding bird route contact Dave Jenkins at 609-628-3219. Ability to identify birds by voice is required. Now the birds. Brewer's Blackbirds continue on South Featherbed Lane in Salem County in the old cornfield. They were seen March 13 and 16, up to 8 birds. The Loggerhead Shrike and Yellow-headed Blackbirds in this region were not reported this week. The Lark Sparrow is still in Clarksboro at Hidden Acres Park, sometimes at the feeder of the second house past the park, and on Saturday March 16 the Lark Sparrow was at the ballfield near the dumpster. The Eared Grebe continues at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook, along with Lesser Black-backed Gull, and on March 16 Red-necked Grebe and Iceland Gull were off shore from Parking area B. A Peregrine was at the visitor's center the same day. Elsewehere on the North Shore, an Iceland Gull was at Wreck Pond March 18, and the same day a Eurasian Wigeion was on Silver Lake in Belmar and the 2 Redheads were still at Marconi Road, Shark River. Short-eared Owls continue at Thompson Park, Lincroft, on Rt. 520 opposite the Christian Brothers Academy. Short ears are also reported from Manahawkin, Pedricktown, and Frenchtown. On Saturday March 16, 2 Red-necked Grebes were on Big Swartswood Lake, visible from the boat launch; and also on the Lake this week were Horned and Pied-billed Grebes, Bufflehead, Ring-necked Ducks, and Hooded and Common Mergansers. Northern Shrike continues at Thompson Park, Lincroft; and another was found Sunday, March 17, at Poricy Park, which is also in Monmouth County. The other Northern Shrikes were not reported to the tape this week. Evening Grosbeaks were reported this week in Freehold; there were no other reports of this species anywhere. Fox Sparrow, Phoebe, Hermit Thrush, Golden-crowned Kinglets were widely reported moving this week; also, Flicker, Laughing Gull, Woodcock, and Tree Swallow. 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.

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