This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday,
January 12, 2006 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, "BLACK" BRANT,
TRUMPETER SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCK, WESTERN GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED KNOT,
PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL,
RAZORBILL, BLACK GUILLEMOT, SHORT- EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON
RAVEN, HORNED LARK, YELLOW- BREASTED CHAT, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW,
GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, DICKCISSEL, information on upcoming
pelagic trips and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A WESTERN GREBE was discovered off Sandy Hook January 9 and was still
present January 12. The bird is most often visible between parking lots C
(Choke Cherry) and F (Fishing Beach). Whether this is New Jersey's 16th
record of Western Grebe or perhaps the South Amboy bird moving to the Hook
is anyone's guess. As many as four RAZORBILLS have been reported in the
same area as the Grebe this week. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues
in Horseshoe Cove at the Hook and best viewed from Battery Kingman and
Other reports from Sandy Hook the week include a EURASIAN WIGEON and eight
plus REDHEADS in Spermaceti Cove, 60+ SNOW BUNTINGS seen between North Beach
Pavilion and the Fisherman's Beach at the north end of the Hook, six HORNED
LARKS in the dunes at C-Lot and as many as four "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW
at several locations. A "Black"
BRANT was also observed at South Amboy Jan. 8, while a LESSER BLACK- BACKED
GULL was noted at the boat launch there the same day.
New Jersey's sixth record of a GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW was discovered near
Thompson Park along Long Bridge Road in Colts Neck (DeLorme P.
44, F9) near the south end of the causeway over the Swimming River
Reservoir. The bird an immature sparrow was still being reported as of Jan.
12 at noon and is foraging with a group of sparrows and difficult to find
and observe. The bird is often only viewed for a few seconds at a time in
the edge of one of the yards of the local houses there or down in vines
along the edge of the water.
Parking and traffic over the causeway are also a problem. Proceed over the
causeway making the next available right turn into the residential area and
look for parking there. Looking for this bird is perilous as traffic over
the causeway is often heavy. Thompson Park is also closed for deer hunting
every morning until noon until Jan. 20 so searching for the bird there will
be impossible mornings for now. The WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Cross
Farm Park Jan. 8 and was seen at the reservoir from the causeway on Long
Hill Road Jan. 7. A few HORNED LARKS continue at Cross Farm Park.
The Barnegat Light BLACK GUILLEMOT is no longer reliable, but was
rediscovered Jan. 4 and seen again Jan. 12 at the inlet. It apparently is
wandering further south down the bay with unconfirmed reports from 15th and
18th Streets in the marinas there in Barnegat Light during the last week.
Barnegat Light State Park is hosting a state record number of Common Eiders
with as many as 138 reported there along with one female King Eider Jan. 6
and 7. Harlequin Ducks at Barnegat Light State Park total 33, along with 50
Snow Buntings Jan. 8, several Purple Sandpipers and one Red Knot Jan. 5 to
A DICKCISSEL was discovered in Manahawkin on Jan. 8 at the intersection of
Bay Avenue and Rt. 9 and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted at the bridge
to nowhere at the end of Stafford Avenue Jan. 9. Timberlake Drive in
Manahawkin (Delorme P.59, 17B,18C) Jan.
5 hosted 400 RUDDY DUCKS, 200+ CANVASBACKS and 20 REDHEAD.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted two REDHEAD Jan. 6, while a SHORT- EARED
OWL was noted at Mott's Creek (DeLorme P.65, L20) Jan. 8. The EURASIAN
WIGEON continues Jan. 8 at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant, while a
YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was recorded behind Black Creek in Spring Lake Jan. 8.
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL visited a jetty in Belmar Jan. 8. Island Beach
State Park was home to 30 SNOW BUNTINGS Jan. 10 and Colliers Mills WMA a
TUNDRA SWAN Jan. 8.
A TRUMPETER SWAN was discovered at Davey's Lake in Cape May Point Jan. 30
and present until Jan. 5 - apparently having been there since Dec. 17 when
it was misidentified as a Tundra Swan. This is probably a wandering bird
from the reintroduction program in the Great Lakes and interesting, but not
The Hackensack Meadows at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus hosted six GREAT
CORMORANTS unusual at this location Jan. 9 while a COMMON RAVEN was tallied
there Jan. 7. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Mill Creek Point Park at the
end of Paterson Plank Road in Carlstadt Jan. 7.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was tallied from the gazebo parking lot on Pleasant
Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Jan. 11. A "white- winged" gull possibly
a GLAUCOUS GULL was reported on Oldham Pond in North Haledon Jan. 8.
Swartswood Lake hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Jan. 9 and four
REDHEADS Jan. 5 and two Jan. 9, while another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE
was observed on Lake Musconetcong Jan. 5. Four REDHEAD were present at
Merrill Creek Res. Jan. 6 and two COMMON RAVENS were recorded in Roxbury
An immature GLAUCOUS GULL and two immature ICELAND GULLS were present at the
Sussex County Landfill Jan. 6 and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed Jan. 2 and
again on Jan. 8 near the intersection of Rte. 615 and Rte. 640 in Layton.
See Life Paulagics will be running an inshore boat trip Sunday, Feb.
12 departing at 8:00 a.m. from Belmar on the Suzie Girl and a 12 hour
pelagic out of Cape May Sunday, March 5. For information on these trips
contact their website http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon will next be updated Friday, Jan. 20.
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.