This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Wednesday, January 14, 2009 with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING
GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, "EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, KING EIDER,
COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RUFFED GROUSE, EARED GREBE, RED-NECKED
GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND
GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL,
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH
SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE
SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written
Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown
Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was still present Jan 13 at a feeder in
Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please
use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147
Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left-
hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the
left and back edges of the yard or under the feeders.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continued this week through Jan 14 in Califon,
Hunterdon County. Look for the bird at the "pond" section of the
South Branch of the Raritan River opposite the Methodist Church in
downtown Califon. Best times are early and late in the day; the bird
has also been seen with Canada Goose flocks feeding in fields along
Rte. 513 at other times.
An EARED GREBE was last viewed from the scuba diving parking lot at
Round Valley Reservoir Jan 9, while three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS
were present Jan 10 and 14 and 15+ PINE SISKINS Jan 11.
An EARED GREBE was still present in Barnegat Twp. Jan 12. Look for
the bird by taking the Garden State Parkway to exit 69 and proceeding
east on Bay Ave (crossing Rte 9) to Barnegat Bay. The bird can be
seen from the Bay Avenue Pavilion overlooking the water (DeLorme P.
58, M-7). A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also noted from this
location Jan 11.
Great Swamp NWR continues to host a wintering adult RED-HEADED
WOODPECKER in the trees northwest of the heron rookery overlook Jan.
13 and a NORTHERN SHRIKE in the fields just south of the overlook on
Pleasant Plains Road Jan 12. Also present this week was a dark morph
The two SANDHILL CRANES in Franklin Twp, Somerset County were still
present as of Jan 12. The birds have been in a field south of Weston
Rd and east of Mettler Road and in the corn stubble field west of
Randolph Road half way between Weston Canal and School House Roads.
Please take care in getting out of cars as the cranes are sensitive to
At least one of the SNOWY OWLS at DeKorte in Lyndhurst was still
present Jan13 along with four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and the "Eurasian"
GREEN-WINGED TEAL. When looking for the owl do not leave the road as
the Lyndhurst Police are patrolling looking for people trespassing in
order to get a better view or photo of the bird. The Caven Point Golf
Course Snowy Owl continues as of Jan 12, while 50 SNOW BUNTINGS were
present at Bayonne Ocean terminal Jan 13.
Barnegat Light SP and Inlet have been a hot-bed of birding activity
with a RED-NECKED GREBE, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 28 HARLEQUIN
DUCKS, 7 or 8 COMMON EIDERS and 70+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS all present as
of Jan 12, while two COMMON REDPOLLS were noted Jan 10 and an
"Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW Jan 11. A GLAUCOUS GULL was also reported
at the inlet Jan 12. Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were observed on Dock
Street near Parkertown Jan 11.
Beach Haven hosted three KING EIDERS, 400 BLACK SCOTERS and 36 PURPLE
SANDPIPERS from the end of Holgate Street Jan. 12, while an Iceland
Gull was also in the area.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported Jan 12 along Rt. 9 between the GS
Parkway and Great Creek Road into Brigantine NWR. A total of 218
TUNDRA SWANS were present at Whitesbog Jan. 11, while others were
present at Mannington Marsh. Compromise Road in Salem County hosted
150,000 SNOW GEESE and two ROSS'S GEESE Jan 10. A REDHEAD has been
present on the Delaware R. in the National Park area as of Jan 9.
Sandy Hook hosted 32+ RAZORBILLS off Lot D on Jan 13 and a first year
GLAUCOUS GULL Jan 11 and 80+ Snow Buntings Jan. 13 at Gunnison Beach.
The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER continues at Sandy Hook on Plum Island Jan
13, while 20 HORNED LARKS were noted near the Coast Guard Base Jan 9.
An immature ICELAND GULL was also present off the north end of Sandy
Hook Jan. 10.
COMMON REDPOLLS and 30+ SNOW BUNTINGS frequented the Shark River Inlet
area Jan 13, while two COMMON REDPOLLS were at the Belmar Fishing Club
A CACKLING GOOSE was observed on the Rahway River Jan 11 off Union
County Pkwy near Valley Road in Clark, while three PINE SISKINS were
tallied on the Princeton Univ. campus near the Prospect House Jan.
12. Two TUNDRA SWANS and a CACKLING GOOSE were present on Rosedale
Lake in Mercer County Jan 13, while a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at
the nearby Mercer County Equestrian Center also Jan 13. A lake at the
Mercer County Golf Club provided habitat for 400+ COMMON MERGANSERS
Oberly Road in Alpha hosted 50+ HORNED LARKS and a dark morph ROUGH-
LEGGED HAWK Jan 11. In Bernardsville near the intersection of
Berkshire and Overleigh Roads was a flock of 200+ PINE SISKINS Jan 10.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS have been creating much excitement with birds
being regularly seen along Clinton Road in West Milford between P. 3
and P. 4 and at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood. Both locations are rich
in conifers. The 10+ Clinton Road birds were last reported Jan 11 and
the as many as 25 Ringwood Manor birds Jan. 12. A COMMON RAVEN was
noted at Clinton Road Jan 10 and 11, while 20+ PINE SISKINS were there
Jan 10 and 11 and a few COMMON REDPOLLS Jan 11. A flock of 17 WHITE-
WINGED CROSSBILLS were discovered at the intersection of Rt. 46 and
Cherry Hill Road in Parsippany Jan 9.
The Sussex County Landfill in Sussex hosted an immature GLAUCOUS GULL
and two immature ICELAND GULLS Jan 9.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To
report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing
you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.