Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/28/1996
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Thrusday, March 28, 1996, at noon with reports of ROSS' GEESE; ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, THAYER'S GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL; RED-NECKED GREBE, REDHEAD, EURASIAN WIGEON; a very early SOLITARY SANDPIPER; ROYAL TERN; NORTHERN SHRIKES lingering; COMMON REDPOLL and PINE SISKIN; HARLEQUIN; seasonal and local reports and a conservation alert.

Previously reported ROSS' GEESE continued this week at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown in Salem County and also at the Amwell Conservation Lake on Rte. 31 near Ringoes, Hunterdon Co., 2 miles south of the 31-202 junction, both reported March 23.

An ICELAND GULL was at Fieldstown near Bordentown Beach March 23; on March 24, at the Columbus sod farms on 206 south of Trenton, there was a first year ICELAND GULL; at Bordentown Beach on March 24 on low tide, a first year GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 adult LESSER BLACK-BACKS, LAUGHING GULL, and a probable second year THAYER'S GULL were present. High tide is not good at this site.

RED-NECKED GREBES reported this week included two at Sandy Hook, 3 at Assunpink, 2 at Spruce Run Reservoir and 1 at Round Valley, all March 23. One REDHEAD was on Takanassee, with the EURASIAN WIGEON March 23; 6 REDHEADS were on Assunpink last week.

A HARLEQUIN was still at Sandy Hook March 23; and 5 EURASIAN WIGEON were at Brig (Forsythe) March 23-24. A very early SOLITARY SANDPIPER was at Rogers Refuge, Princeton, by the tower March 26. An early ROYAL TERN was at Cape May March 21.

NORTHERN SHRIKES this week included the bird on Pleasant Plains Rd., Great Swamp March 24 and two others at Whitesbog March 24(1 adult, 1 immature). COMMON REDPOLLS continued in backyards in Randolph, Morristown and Plainfield this week; siskin was also reported in Plainfield.

On March 24 in Cape May, several COMMON EIDERS were reported off the jetties and EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Ocean Drive, Wildwood Crest. SHORT-EARED OWL and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were at Jakes Landing March 23. Four early BLUE-WINGED TEAL and over 500 RING-NECKED DUCKS were on Spruce Run Reservoir March 23, along with all 3 grebes.

Moving this week were PHOEBE, TREE SWALLOW, GR. YELLOWLEGS, both TEAL, WOODCOCK and some raptors. Boonton hawkwatch has had 25 RED-SHOULDERS so far in March and Chimney Rock reports numbers also. GREAT, CATTLE and SNOWY egrets were also reported moving.

Conservation Alert: Please continue to call President Clinton at 202-456-1111 and insist that he veto the salvage logging rider attached to the Omnibus Appropriations bill. Please also continue to urge your House members to co-sponsor the Furse-Morella bill to repeal the salvage logging in the National Forests. In New Jersey, please continue to urge Reps. Andrews, Frelinghuysen, LoBiondo, Martini, Saxton, Smith and Zimmer to co-sponsor this good bill.

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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