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
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
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
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
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
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.