Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/20/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, March 20, 1996, at noon with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, THAYER'S GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, ICELAND GULL, ROSS' GOOSE, COMMON REDPOLL, N. SHRIKE, RED-NECKED GREBE, seasonal migrants and a conservation alert.

A Male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen for 45 minutes off the beach at the state marina in Leonardo on Raritan Bay March 16. Exit Rte 36 at the sign for the state marina, Leonardo.

Most of the reports this week were of gulls in Burlington County. On March 15, at the Columbus Sod Farm on 206, a second year THAYER'S GULL and an ad. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were reported, and the nearby Folwell Station NORTHERN SHRIKE was still there March 14.

On March 17 at the Columbus Flea Market on 206, the gull flock inlcuded first year THAYER'S, first year ICELAND and first year LESSER BLACK-BACKED gulls. There was also a belated report from March 10 of 5 LESSER BLACKBACKS at Bordentown Beach (off 295) and 3 ICELAND GULLS in the same flock, with another at Fieldsboro. Bordentown is a traditional white-wing gull site.

In Salem County March 16, an ad. ROSS' GOOSE was at Featherbed Lane Sharptown; a RED-NECKED GREBE was at Buckhorn Rd., Stow Creek; a small CANADA GOOSE was with Snows at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown.

In Monmouth County, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES continued at Sandy Hook this week; the N. SHRIKE at Thompson Park was last seen March 1; the OYSTERCATCHERS were back on territory at Conaskonk Point March 16.

Elsewhere, the NORTHERN SHRIKE was still on Pleasant Plains Rd. March 16, as was a BALD EAGLE. A ROSS' GOOSE was reported March 18 at Amwell Conservation Lake in Hunterdon County about 2 mi. south of Ringoes where 202 and 31 split. COMMON REDPOLLS were reported this week from Great Meadows, Flanders, Randolph and Morristown in numbers from 3 to 27.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was still on Columbia Lake, Warren County last week. Birds on the move this week were OSPREY, TREE SWALLOW, FOX SPARROW, E. PHOEBE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GREAT EGRET, SNIPE, CREEPER, FIELD SPARROW and TUNDRA SWAN.

Conservation Alert: The omnibus appropriations bill now in conference committee will be voted in both houses March 21 and sent to the President. The bill contains bad riders, including one that removes EPA authority under section 404 of the Clean Water Act to veto Army Corps wetlands permits. Please do 2 things this week. Ask your senators (202-224-3121) to sign onto Sen. Wyden's Dear Colleague letter opposing anti-environmental riders to the omnibus bill. Also call Pres. Clinton at 202-456-1111 and ask him to veto the omnibus conference bill if it contains any anti-environment riders. Many thanks.

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 Wednesdays. Web site is at http://www.njaudubon.org [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, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

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