Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/20/1997
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday, March 20, 1997, at 11 AM with reports of CALIFORNIA GULL, ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEONS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, PIPING PLOVER, seasonal arrivals and an extralimital BARNACLE GOOSE in Pennsylvania.

The BARNACLE GOOSE was seen in a large flock of SNOW GEESE in Middle Creek wildlife Management Area in Lancaster County, PA, about 15 miles from Exit 21 of the Penna. Turnpike. Allow 2 1/2 hours from central Jersey.

In New Jersey, an adult CALIFORNIA GULL was again reported at Florence on the Delaware R. March 19, as well as on March 17. Weekdays are best; the dump is closed on Sunday and also was closed on recent Saturdays, to the chagrin of observers.

Two ROSS'S GEESE were reported at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown, among the SNOW GEESE. Nearby, a EURASIAN WIGEON was at Mannington Marsh on Route 45. A PIPING PLOVER was found March 15 on the small stretch of beach at the Salem Nuclear Plant, a first record for Salem County.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was with BONAPARTE'S GULLS at South Amboy on March 15. EURASIAN WIGEONS were seen this week at Wreck Pond March 15, and Spring Lake March 18. A PECTORAL SANDPIPER was at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Rd. March 18.

WINTER WRENS were singing in Great Swamp March 18. RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, OSPREY, and BROWN CREEPER were at Black River March 18. Two GREAT EGRETS and several hundred GADWALL were at Kearny Marsh East on March 18. A good flight of PHOEBES and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS was seen at Lebanon State Forest March 19.

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. URL is http://www.njaudubon.org To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. after hours calls can be routed to the Voice Mail Box at Ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.]

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