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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/12/2006
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 Mills.

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 8.

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 countable.

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 Jan. 5.

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.

 
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