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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/16/2002
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday January 16 with reports of review list species TUFTED DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, VARIED THRUSH, HENSLOW'S SPARROW and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS plus SNOWY OWLS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, RAZORBILL, MURRE sp., COMMON EIDER, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON RAVEN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and other reports of interest.

The male TUFTED DUCK continues through Tuesday January 15 in the Navesink River, fraternizing with a small flock of scaup and other ducks. The bird has been seen from the parking lot at the north end of the Oceanic Bridge north of Rumson, Monmouth County. You can get onto the bridge by looking for Monmouth County 8-A off of Monmouth County routes 520, 34 or 10-A. An alternative viewing site can be reached as follows: head north off Oceanic Bridge and at the "T" go right on Navesink River Road. In about a quarter mile take the first right turn on Locust Ave. and cross the small bridge. At the next corner turn right on Navesink Ave and immediately take the right fork which is Hartshorne Rd. and follow it until you find a cove of the Navesink River right next to the road. Note that Oceanic Bridge, Navesink River Road and Locust Avenue are all marked as Monmouth County 8-A.

The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE also continues at Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook through Tuesday January 15. One or two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES may also be present. The birds are usually at the south end of Horseshoe Cove, near the pilings, with best views from the end of the service road. Other birds reported at Sandy Hook include Iceland Gull January 15 at the Barrow's Goldeneye spot, and a COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL January 12 at the Fisherman's Parking Lot.

The Garret Mountain VARIED THRUSH was last reported Friday January 11 and probably is still there but is very elusive. Seven COMMON REDPOLLS continued in the birches near the basketball court on January 15.

The Columbia RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues through Tuesday, January 15. Take Route 80 west 1 mile past Exit 4 (Columbia) and turn onto Hainesburg Rd. Two-tenths of a mile up Hainesburg Rd., turn left onto Spring Lane (a dirt road) and drive to the end. The house is directly in front of you at 3 Summer Lane: a tan house with brown shutters. The feeder is attached to a gutter on the shed behind the house, best approached from the left side.

The Barnegat Light RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at 29 9th Street continues as well, through January 15.

The HENSLOW'S SPARROW discovered January 2 at the new Big Brook Preserve on Route 520 in Marlboro, Monmouth County continues through Tuesday January 15. Take Route 520 west from Route 34, pass the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, and look for a sign on the left for Camp Arrowhead. Take the left and drive 200 yards to a road fork and park by the gate. Walk through the gate on the paved path for about mile. The path will turn right, then left, then right again. After the second right bend look for the bird in the field on the right.

A new SNOWY OWL surfaced at Conaskonk Point in Union Beach, near Sandy Hook, and has been seen through Monday January 14. Take Route 36 east from Garden State Parkway exit 117 about 3 miles to the jughandle for Union Avenue north. Take Union Avenue north towards Union Beach. In a mile the road bears left and becomes Front Street. Go to the end, park at the turn-out, and look for the owl in the marsh. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also there January 14.

At least one SNOWY OWL continues at Forsythe a.k.a Brigantine NWR, reported on Saturday January 12 in the East Pool.

A minor alcid movement occurred at Manasquan Inlet on Friday and Saturday January 11-12, including flyby RAZORBILLS and a MURRE sp. Other birds along the Monmouth County Shore included FORSTER'S TERN and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Manasquan on January 13, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Lake Tackanassee on January 12.

2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were in the Raritan River at New Brunswick January 12.

Barnegat Light has a female COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUINS and the other usual ducks. 2 BALD EAGLES and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were at Manahawkin Saturday, January 12. An AMERICAN BITTERN was at Tuckerton January 12.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue at Lawrenceville School, on Rt. 206 north of the I-295 interchange in Lawrenceville, through January 14.

2 COMMON RAVENS were at Weiss Ecology Center in Ringwood January 11.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are scattered at several locations at Great Swamp, including from the overlook on Pleasant Plains Road. The immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Stanton Station Road in Hunterdon County, off Route 31 south of Clinton, continues through January 12.

Swartswood Lake has a lot of open water and a good Selection of waterfowl. Tuesday morning January 15 there were CANVASBACK, RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP, COMMON GOLDENEYE, HOODED MERGANSERS, COMMON MERGANSERS, RUDDY DUCKS, and GADWALL. Best viewing from Hendershots Point on Rt. 619 one mile south of the main entrance to Swartswood State Park.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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