This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, April 7, 1992, at 6 PM, with reports of PACIFIC LOON, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HARLEQUINS, RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, DICKCISSEL, and local reports.
The PACIFIC LOON at Manasquan Inlet was reported on April 1 and April 4 at the end of the jetties. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was on Pleasant Plains Rd. in the Great Swamp on April 3, in the field in front of the Headquarters. It was not reported thereafter.
At least 6 HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet at the new jetty. The RED-NECKED GREBE is still at Shark River Inlet, Belmar, in among the docks at the marina. Two EURASIAN WIGEONS are at Manahawkin Wildlife Management area. The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Great Swamp was seen on April 2 and April 5; on the 5th it was at the Wildlife Observation Center at the close blind. LARK SPARROW was still at Nurko Rd. at Assunpink on April 1, and there are now 2 CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS there, as of April 1, both seen simultaneously.
Two LESSER GOLDEN PLOVER were at Pedricktown on April 4. EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Mannington Marsh in Salem County, at the Rt. 45 causeway. Two DICKCISSELS are at Money Island Rd. with the chickens. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a BLACK-HEADED GULL were at the Salem Nuclear Plant April 1, though they were not seen on April 4.
An interesting observation was made at Swartswood lake in Sussex County several evenings this week. At dusk on April 2, some BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS, RING-NECKED DUCKS, HORNED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, GOLDENEYE, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES, and all three MERGANSERS (including 250 HOODED MERGANSERS) all flew into the lake at dusk. On April 6 during the evening flight, there were 22 COMMON LOONS, 1 RED-THROATED LOONS, 60 PIED-BILLED GREBES, and flocks of BUFFLEHEAD and SCAUP.
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.