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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 12, 2012 with reports of PINE GROSBEAK, KING EIDER, SANDHILL CRANE, COMMON MURRE, DOVEKIE, seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
A female/immature male type PINE GROSBEAK was detected along the Paulinskill Valley Trail in Sussex County Jan 8 with no reports since. Also in Sussex County this week were 3 REDHEADS on Swartswood Lake Jan 6 and a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Liberty Loop trail parking lot at Wallkill River NWR Jan 8.
The SNOWY OWL continues at Merrill Creek Reservoir, usually seen in the rocks below the dam, through Jan 8. Also in Warren County was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in a pasture along Good Springs Rd in Franklin Twp Jan 11.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 COMMON RAVENS were noted in Lord Stirling Park Jan 9. Up to 8 REDHEADS were noted this week at the Bernardsville Quarry Pond.
The five SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week; seen in a corn field off Randolph Rd through Jan 8. At nearby Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, a CACKLING GOOSE was noted Jan 8.
Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus hosted a COMMON TEAL and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Jan 7-10. Both birds were found in/adjacent to the second impoundment. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was working the shrubs along the Transco Trail at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst Jan 12.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues this week at Overpeck County Park in Leonia, viewed in the Henry Hoebel area with CANADA GEESE.
A COMMON TEAL was noted at Demott Pond in Clinton Twp Jan 9.
The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues through Jan 9 in Perth Amboy. The bird was seen in the bay off Water Street at the mouth of the Arthur Kill. At other times the bird has been near the Cornucopia Cruise Lines parking lot, visible from a paved pathway that heads toward the Rte 35 bridge.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen at the Edison Boat Ramp Jan 7 & 11.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included up to 6 RAZORBILLS on the ocean between B-lot and F-lot; a first-cycle BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was off B-lot Jan 8 and an adult was seen off F-lot Jan 10, a female KING EIDER was with the large LONG-TAILED DUCK and scoter flock off North Beach Jan 8, and 100+ SNOW BUNTINGS were at the end of the fisherman?s trail the same day.
Birders aboard a mackerel fishing boat out of Belmar tallied 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 10 DOVEKIES, 7 COMMON MURRES, and 34 RAZORBILLS Jan 8.
North Shore sightings this week included 1-2 RAZORBILLS in Manasquan Inlet Jan 7-11, a DOVEKIE on the rocks at Shark River Inlet Jan 9, RAZORBILL and COMMON EIDER off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Jan 10, and 2 RAZORBILLS off Pullman Ave in Elberon Jan 9.
A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park Northwest) through Jan 7.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Amassa Landing in Burlington County Jan 7.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 2 female KING EIDERS, 150+ COMMON EIDERS, 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 2 TRICOLORED HERONS Jan 7. A BROWN PELICAN was noted there Jan 11. Also in Ocean County was a GLAUCOUS GULL at the Barnegat Twp docks/boat launch Jan 12.
Six SANDHILL CRANES were viewed off Sunset Rd in Mannington Marsh Jan 6-10. An out-of-season LITTLE BLUE HERON was observed there Jan 12.
A LITTLE BLUE HERON was found at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week.
An eight-hour nearshore pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar on Jan 15, 2012 targeting Razorbill, Common Murre, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake, and other gulls. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or info at paulagics.com
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