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
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
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
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.