Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/17/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday January 17, 2007 with reports of BAND-TAILED PIGEON, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A BAND-TAILED PIGEON has been seen at a feeder on Stevens St in West Cape May Jan 16-17 - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Two male BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were noted Jan 16 near Pennsville in Salem County. Look for them around the farmhouse near the corner of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS are usually found around livestock, so check the areas with cattle/ horses carefully.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was observed Jan 15 at Sandy Hook. Look for the bird among a small COMMON GOLDENEYE flock in the bay from SHBO south to the northern boundary of Horseshoe Cove. Also at the hook this week were 22 SNOW BUNTINGS at Gunnison Beach. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

In Hunterdon County the ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continued through at least Jan 15. To see the bird go to the Prallsville Mill access of the D&R Canal State Park in Stockton and walk south along the towpath for about one tenth of a mile. Just before reaching Ferry St. look to where there is a chicken coop and a bittersweet plant with berries - the bird has been viewed here around dawn & dusk. The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER wanders widely: if not found there search along Ferry St, Old Prallsville Rd, and Woolverton Rd.

The WESTERN TANAGER was viewed through Jan 16 at Echo Hill Park in Clinton Twp, Hunterdon County. From the parking area walk north through the pine grove to a field with cedar trees: the bird has been viewed at the northeast corner with AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS (DeLorme P. 35, E-22).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues through Jan 16 at Big Brook Park in Marlboro. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about half a mile to a T intersection and a collapsed barn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the fields east and south of the T (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

The immature male EURASIAN WIGEON was noted again on the North Shore at Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach Jan 15. Other birds noted on the North Shore this week included the male HARLEQUIN DUCK off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Wreck Pond.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was discovered at a pond/lagoon off Fischer Blvd in Toms River Jan 13-16. The bird is being viewed at the small lagoon adjacent to the intersection of Golden Dr and Louise St.

ANNOUNCEMENT: A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar February 11 in search of Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, gulls, and other winter seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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