This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, March 26, 1992, at 2:30 PM, with reports of PACIFIC LOON, RAVEN, RAZORBILLS, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, LECONTE'S and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, DICKCISSEL, and local reports of interest.
The PACIFIC LOON was seen this morning at Manasquan Inlet along with COMMON LOONS, RED-THROATED LOONS and RAZORBILLS. GANNETS and PURPLE SANDPIPERS were also seen here during the past week.RAVEN sightings at Yard's Creek power station off Rt. 94 and Walnut Valley Road near Blairstown continue.
In Salem County on Saturday, EURASIAN WIGEON was at Mannington Marsh; REDHEAD continues at Compromise Rd., BLACK-HEADED GULL is still at the nuke plant, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen at Fort Elfsborg Road, and the DICKCISSEL was still on Money Island Road with the chickens.
Also on Saturday, the LECONTE'S SPARROW was still being seen at Overpeck Park, and the ICELAND GULL continues at Oldham Lake off High Mountain Road in Franklin Lakes. The RED-NECKED GREBE continues at Belmar marina.
On Saturday at Merrill Creek Reservoir, BUFFLEHEAD, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, ICELAND GULL, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and RING-NECKED DUCKS were all sighted. BALD EAGLES were seen Saturday at Round Valley and Spruce Run Reservoirs, and COMMON GOLDENEYE were also seen at Spruce Run. Four AM. WIGEONS, 2 HOODED MERGANSERS, 30 PINTAIL, and 10 WOOD DUCKS were seen at Flemington Junction Marsh, River Rd., just east of Rt. 31. COM. MERGANSERS, WOOD DUCKS, TREE SWALLOW, and PHOEBES in the snow were reported from the Great Swamp, along with HOODED MERGANSERS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, SNIPE and WOODCOCK. SNIPE were also seen on Burnt Mills Road in Bedminster, as was a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
In Sussex County, on Saturday, WOOD DUCK, SNIPE, AM. WIGEON, and PINTAILS are common on most ponds. On Saturday at the Wallkill Refuge, five species of raptors were counted including RED-SHOULDERED HAWK; also seen were 2 WILD TURKEYS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, FOX SPARROWS, WOODCOCK, and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. PIPING PLOVER were seen at Sandy Hook at Horseshoe Cove. Dave White is the staff hawkwatcher; visit him on the dune across from the hawkwatch. Arrival last week of OSPREY headed north can mean only one thing -- migration has begun.
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.