Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/11/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday January 11, 2007 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, EARED GREBE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues at Sandy Hook. Look for the bird among a small COMMON GOLDENEYE flock in the bay from SHBO south to the northern boundary of Horseshoe Cove. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The pair of EARED GREBES was sighted this week at Lake's Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rtes 9 & 40/322 go east on 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here or opposite adjacent blocks (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

In Hunterdon County the ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued through at least Jan 7. To see the bird go to the Prallsville Mill access of the D&R Canal State Park in Stockton and walk south along the towpath for about one tenth of a mile. Just before reaching Ferry St. look to where there is a chicken coop and a bittersweet plant with berries- the bird has been viewed here around dawn & dusk. The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER wanders widely: if not found there search along Ferry St, Old Prallsville Rd, and Woolverton Rd.

The WESTERN TANAGER was viewed through Jan 9 at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Twp, Hunterdon County. From the parking area walk north through the pine grove to a field with cedar trees: the bird has been viewed at the northeast corner with AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS (DeLorme P. 35, E-22).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered at Wallkill River NWR Jan 7 along the north loop of the Dagmar Dale Trail as you descend towards the river on the north most section of the trail (DeLorme P. 19, I-27).

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was found Jan 9-10 at Big Brook Park in Marlboro. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about a mile to a T intersection and a collapsed barn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the fields east and south of the T (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

Two AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were found at Shark River Estuary Jan 6-7. Other birds found along the North Shore this week included the drake HARLEQUIN DUCK off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Jan 5 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Wreck Pond.

Shorebirds noted at the south end of Brigantine Island Jan 7 were 130 + AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 50+ WESTERN WILLETS, and 14 MARBLED GODWITS. Also in Atlantic County 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were noted along Leed's Point Rd near Brigantine NWR Jan 7.

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were noted at Brigantine NWR Jan 10.

A RED-NECKED GREBE and several SALTMARSH SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS were reported at Tuckerton Jan 6.

Barnegat Light State Park Jan 7 hosted 100+ COMMON EIDERS, an immature male KING EIDER, and 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was detected among a flock of waterfowl at the southwest corner of the dredge spoil at National Park, Gloucester County Jan 10.

The Pelagic Christmas Bird Count off Belmar Jan 5 recorded 7 DOVEKIES and a RAZORBILL.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar February 11 in search of alcids, gulls, and other winter seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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