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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/15/2004
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday January 15, 2004 with reports of ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, KING EIDER, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continued in Cape May through Jan 11 - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING continues at Island Beach State Park through at least Jan 14. From the entrance ($5 fee per car) head south to the North Bathing Pavilion parking area. Walk 50 yards north of the exit driveway along the main road - look for the bird on both sides in loose association with STARLINGS, ROBINS, and CEDAR WAXWINGS. Most reports have been in the morning and early afternoon. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen here Jan 12. The Waxwing is still sometimes seen at its original location near the end of the Reeds Road Trail (the first trail on the right after the entrance). A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was a fly-by over the 'tidal path blind' Jan 9 - no reports since. Also at Island Beach State Park this week were 20 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2-8 COMMON EIDERS, BROWN THRASHER, SNOW BUNTINGS, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

Nearby Barnegat Light State Park hosted 8 COMMON EIDERS, a female KING EIDER, 28 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, REDHEAD, 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, RAZORBILL, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS this week.

A first-winter BLACK-HEADED GULL was found sitting on the last pond along Stafford Ave (Bridge to Nowhere) at Manahawkin WMA Jan 12. Also there this week a TRICOLORED HERON and SHORT-EARED OWL.

In Burlington County a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at the open water behind the Woodbine Inn along Rte. 73 through Jan 13. The bird is sometimes seen on the athletic fields of Pennsauken High School. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW is still being seen at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson. Park across from the water tank and check the large sparrow/junco flock in the fallow garden area.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the first parking lot at the end of Money Island Road in Salem County Jan 12. Also there were VIRGINIA RAIL and 2 COMMON YELLOWTHROATS (DeLorme P. 60, L-12).

Sandy Hook's female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen Jan 11 among a large flock of diving ducks at Horseshoe Cove including 2000 GREATER SCAUP, 200 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 100+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 8 CANVASBACKS. Also there that day were a COMMON MERGANSER, 5 'IPSWICH' SPARROWS, and 2 FOX SPARROWS.

The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues with large numbers of dabbling ducks in Shark River Estuary through Jan 14, best viewed from the north end of Riverside Drive.

The elusive NORTHERN SHRIKE was at the Pleasant Plains Road Overlook in the Great Swamp NWR Jan 14 seen in the late afternoon.

The Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette hosted 2 ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Jan 12 and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Jan 14. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15.

Two COMMON RAVENS are frequenting the pine/spruce grove at Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood. Also there this week were RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN at the feeders.

A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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