|This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, March 26, 1991, at 6 pm, with reports of Eared Grebe, Northern Shrike, Brewer's and Yellow-headed Blackbirds, Eurasian Wigeon, Lesser Black-backed and Iceland Gulls, Black-headed Gull, local reports, and updates.
First, the updates. The Island Beach [State Park] Snowy Owl has not been reported to the tape recently and may be gone. The Lapwing reported in the Albany area March 22 was not found on March 23 or 24; call the Albany tape for updates. The last Bohemian Waxwing and Razorbill reports in New Jersey were the same day, March 15, both at Sandy Hook; the Bohemian Waxwing at the service road by the maintenance area, and Razorbill at Parking area F. The Lark Sparrow in Clarksboro was not reported to the tape this week.
Now for this week's reports. An Eared Grebe appeared at Caven Pier in Liberty State Park in Jersey City on March 16, and was still there on March 24, near the base of the pier on the north side. The bird is sometimes under the pier. Take NJ Turnpike exit 14B to reach Liberty State Park. Since the Eared Grebe at Sandy Hook was still present on March 16, two birds are clearly involved.
Northern Shrikes are still present on Barber Pond, Barber Pond Road, off Valley Road in Wayne; and also in Poricy Park in Monmouth County. Both were reprorted twice this week. There were no reports of any of the other Northern Shrikes.
In Salem County a storm on March 32 brought 7 Gannets to the Salem nuclear plant at Artificial Island, a first for Salem County and for NJ Region 4. Also at the nuclear plant, a Black-headed Gull has been coming off and on to the outfall; it was there briefly on March 24. [Falling tide is best.] Elsewhere in Salem County, a male Yellow-headed Blackbird was at the lower end of Compromise road off Rt. 45 on March 24; and a Brewer's Blackbird was near the Y formed by Featherbed Lane and Ft. Elfsborg Rd. the same day.
Bald Eagle, Pectoral Sandpiper, Barn Swallow, various herons and waterfowl were at Mannington Marsh on March 24. Short-eared Owls still being reported on the Pedricktown spoil banks, off Rt. 130 opposite the "tire place." [B.F. Goodrich sign]. Eurasian Wigeon is at Brigantine NWR in the East Pool and may still be at Shark River or Franklin Lake in Long Branch. A Lesser Black-backed Gull was on Wreck Pond on March 20; and another was at Island Beach State Park March 25, on the beach. An Iceland Gull was also on Island Beach on the jetty the same day.
A Black Swan, an exotic from Australia and undoubtedly an escape or release, was on Wreck Pond with the resident Mute Swans.
Tree Swallow, Ring-necked Duck, Golden-crowned Kinglet, Phoebe, Cooper's and Sharp-shinned Hawks, Merlin, and Flicker were all reported moving this week.
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.