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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/15/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Wednesday, January 15, 2003, with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, RAZORBILLS, COMMON MURRE, COMMON EIDER, WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, Iceland and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GOLDEN EAGLE, SNOW BUNTINGS, EASTERN PHOEBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, WESTERN SANDPIPER, and SHORT-EARED OWLS and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was last reported Jan. 14 off of 19th Avenue in Wildwood. The female BARROWS GOLDENEYE continues at Sandy Hook off Battery Kingman on Jan. 15 and on Jan. 9 from the Auditorium/Chapel. COMMON EIDERS were noted Jan. 10 off Shark River Inlet and off Bayberry Lot at Sandy Hook on Jan. 11. The WHITE-FRONTED GEESE in Cape May were last reported Jan. 11 and may have departed permanently.

The winter alcid phenomenon continues with RAZORBILLS peaking at seven at Sandy Hook Jan. 9 with numbers between one and five reported during the week from Manasquan Inlet, Pullman Ave. in Long Branch, at the Ocean off Wreck Pond, Shark River Inlet, and Sandy Hook. COMMON MURRES very rare from shore in NJ were reported from Shark River inlet Jan. 9 with one and two Jan. 12 at Manasquan inlet.

The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was noted Jan. 9 and 12 with the best viewing time at the end of the day. The bird is usually seen between the Gazebo and the dead-end bridge on Pleasant Plains Road. An EASTERN PHOEBE was discovered on the Hunterdon County Park Headquarters off Rt. 31 in Stanton Jan. 9 (Delorme P.35, E-23). Over 40 SNOW BUNTINGS were present at Sandy Hook Jan 12 at the Bayberry (B) lot at Sandy Hook.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was present on the Old Mine Road one to two miles north of the Dingmans Bridge Jan. 12 (Delorme P.18, G10), while an imm. BALD EAGLE visited Sandy Hook Jan. 11. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Leeds Point Road, just north of Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR Jan. 12. Six SHORT-EARED OWLS and 11 NORTHERN HARRIERS were tallied along the Liberty Loop Trail at the Wallkill River NWR Jan. 9.

The Sussex County landfill hosted three imm. ICELAND and one adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Jan. 10. The best time to visit the landfill for gull viewing is 10:00 a.m. A WESTERN SANDPIPER lingering at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR was discovered Jan. 12.

A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar, NJ aboard the Suzie Girl Feb 1 for winter seabirds including FULMAR, WINTER GULLS, and ALCIDS. Contact http://www.paulagics.com or email info@paulagics.com or phone 215-234-6805 for more information. Cost is $95.

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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