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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/12/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Wednesday, January 12, 2005 with reports of AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED KNOT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, HORNED LARK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PAINTED BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN, pelagic birding announcements and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Jersey Shore continues to reign as the birding place to be this winter with Shark River Inlet currently at the zenith of the list with its featured guest a SNOWY OWL which was last reported this morning Jan. 12 at the inlet. The bird is most often seen before 7:00 a.m. and after 4:30 p.m. Another exceptional visitor to the area was a WHITE PELICAN present Jan. 11 at the Northeast corner of Shark River Estuary, where the EURASIAN WIGEON is also present. Another or the same WHITE PELICAN was noted sitting on Natco Lake in Hazlet for ten minutes the same day.

RAZORBILLS have been commonly reported this week along the Jersey Shore from Sandy Hook to Barnegat Light SP, while a good description was given of a COMMON MURRE sitting on the beach at Island Beach SP Jan. 9. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed on the beach at Avon Jan. 9. A RED KNOT was noted at Island Beach SP Jan. 7.

Sandy Hook hosted one to two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES Jan. 9 in Horseshoe Cove, a first winter ICELAND GULL at the end of the Fisherman's Trail at the north end Jan. 10, and a PINE SISKIN at SHBO Jan. 7.

Barnegat Light State Park featured excellent birding on the weekend Jan. 8-9 with a RAZORBILL present along the paved jetty for all to see. Other highlights there were up to four KING EIDERS, 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 100+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 60+ SNOW BUNTINGS, one LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seven HORNED LARKS, and a great scoter show. Manahawkin and Cedar Run also tallied both ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SHORT-EARED OWLS on the weekend.

The male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma was last reported Jan. 11; please call the Cape May Birding Hotline at 609-898-BIRD for more details. Eight COMMON REDPOLLS were tallied at Collier's Mills Jan. 8 along with two RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE were observed in a flock of Canada Geese at Merrill Creek Reservoir Jan. 10 near the tower outlet. The reservoir is also hosting 25, 000 SNOW GEESE. A ROSS'S GOOSE was identified in a field of stubble along River Road across from Norz Road in Hillsborough Jan 11. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was recorded Jan. 9 on Spruce Run Reservoir near Rt. 31 and Van Sickles Road. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were present in a flock of 100+ HORNED LARKS at Oberly Road in Alpha Jan 9.

Hudson County Park in Bayonne hosted 370 CANVASBACKS Jan. 9, while an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was tallied at Garrett Mountain Jan. 8.

The annual mid-winter BALD EAGLE survey in South Jersey Jan. 8-9 tallied 138 Bald and two GOLDEN EAGLES, a far cry from the four recorded in 1979. Conservation does have success stories.

Space is still available for the Sea Life Paulagic's Jan. 29 Inshore Pelagic trip from Belmar and for the annual Cape May Pelagic March 6. For information please call 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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