This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday January 14, 2010 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, COMMON MOORHEN, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The New Jersey Meadowlands NORTHERN SHRIKE continues as of Jan. 11 and is usually viewed along the Disposal Road near the Amvets Carillon. Two COMMON MOORHENS were discovered in the Kearny Marsh Jan. 9 near the boat launch.
Seven RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied Jan. 12 at Glenhurst Meadows formally Warren Green Acres along the Passaic River. The Van Bushkirk Island Park in Oradell, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was last observed Jan. 9 as well as another at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah.
A second winter GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at Weequahic Park in Newark, Jan. 7. An Immature ICELAND GULL and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were present at the Sussex County Landfill Jan. 11 and 13. Birders must sign in and out of the landfill at the second floor of the Sussex County administration building after entering from Route 94. Hatfield Swamp in Roseland/West Caldwell was home to 40 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Jan. 12.
Sandy Hook Jan. 12 provided a flyover flock of 15 HORNED LARKS along the Fisherman's Trail at the north end as well as three AMERICAN PIPITS at Horseshoe Cove and a COMMON EIDER. The "Eurasian" GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Lake Takanassee in West Long Branch continues as of Jan. 9. It can be found in one of the back ponds about a block east of Monmouth University.
Barnegat Light SP produced about 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 150 to 200 COMMON EIDERS including over 30 drakes, 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Jan. 9. An "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW was also noted there Jan. 13. An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was discovered at Shark River inlet Jan. 9.
An immature GOSHAWK was reported near the Gull Tower at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Jan. 11 and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER visited at feeder in Margate Jan 7.
The Palmyra Cove Park SPOTTED TOWHEE continues as of Jan. 10 as does the Califon BARNACLE GOOSE in front of the Methodist-Episcopal Church the same day.
Oberly Road in Alpha was a hotspot Jan. 10 with a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 15 HORNED LARKS and a SHORT-EARED OWL. Spruce Run Reservoir Jan. 10 produced a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 9 HORNED LARKS. Four REDHEADS were tallied at Merrill Creek Reservoir Jan. 8 and 44 Rusty Blackbirds were observed at Trenton Marsh in Hamilton Jan. 11.
A female goldeneye featuring an all yellow bill found along the D & R Canal in New Brunswick Jan. 9 generated quite a discussion including comments from David Sibley. No consensus was reached but the bird seems to be a possible hybrid Common/Barrows Goldeneye.
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 Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds to the hotline, please call 732-872-2500 or email 'sightings AT njaudubon.org' This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.