This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, Mar. 9, 1994 at noon with reports of SNOWY OWL, ICELAND GULL, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN, RED-NECKED GREBE, DOVEKIE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON REDPOLLS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BALD EAGLE, early migrants, and local reports.
The SNOWY OWL continues at Holgate, also there RED-NECKED GREBE. ICELAND GULLS were at Old Sam's Pond and also at Sea Girt on March 6. The KING EIDER and 12 HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light, along with 5 RED-NECKED GREBES March 5, and one dead DOVEKIE on the beach there the same day. One party reported 22 RED-NECKED GREBES on the north shore Sunday Mar. 6; 12 RED-NECKED GREBES were reported at Manasquan Inlet by several parties. Other RED-NECKED GREBE reports were 4 in the Belmar Marina at Shark River, where there was also a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL this week; there were several RED-NECKED GREBES at Sandy Hook, one very close behind the theatre at the little L-shaped jetty. Two more RED-NECKED GREBES were at Washington Crossing State Park with Ring-necked Ducks and Common Mergansers. The eight REDHEADS this week shifted between Lake Como and Manasquan Inlet.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Rancocas Creek at Willingboro on March 6. A COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continues at the Salem Nuclear Plant as of March 6. COMMON REDPOLLS were still numerous at Sandy Hook March 6, along with good looks at IPSWICH (SAVANNAH) SPARROW on the calm day. REDPOLLS were reported here and there at feeders during the week, at Berkeley Heights, Lawrenceville, etc. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS, one in breeding plumage, were at Alpha, Oberly Rd., on March 7. BALD EAGLES were at Mannington on March 6, and 3 were at Manasquan Reservoir on March 7, where OSPREY arrived on March 8. Another BALD EAGLE was at Whittingham on March 5. AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER was at Barnegat Light March 6, E. PHOEBE arrived at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary (Bernardsville) March 9. COMMON MERGANSERS were abundant on Manasquan Reservoir March 7. GOLDENEYE, BUFFLEHEAD, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, and HORNED GREBE were abundant in Keyport Harbor March 7 all in the hundreds.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey, sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society. The tape is changed usually on Wednesdays around noon, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, email@example.com.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling.