This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, January 17, 2008 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, COMMON
EIDER, KING EIDER, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, MARBLED
GODWIT, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SHORT-
EARED OWL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE,
BOHEMIAN WAXWING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local
reports of interest.
Sandy Hook was the place for birders to be this week as two to three
BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue there as of January 16. They usually are
found in a flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS and range from the area where the
road forks just north of the Lighthouse south to the water treatment
building at the end of Randolph just north of the Boy Scout Camp.
This is also the location where the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE is most
likely to be found and last reported Jan. 16. The BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
have been regular since Sunday in the trees behind the 24/7 bathroom
behind Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.
Other Sandy Hook sightings include: a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE Jan.
13 from Kingman and Mills Batteries accessible from the median parking
lot just north of the Ranger Station; four to five COMMON EIDERS and
one to two KING EIDERS last seen Jan. 16 are best seen by looking
south on the ocean from the "C" or Chokecherry parking lot; YELLOW-
BREASTED CHATS have been noted from the Gunnison Parking lot Jan. 13
and 15 and the Visitor Center lot Jan. 16; an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER
has been working Plum Island Jan. 12 and 13; and a PINE SISKIN was
observed from the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk Jan. 12.
The WESTERN KINGBIRD continues as of Jan. 16 at Thompson Park in
Lincroft and is found south of the Historical Services building near
the barn accessible from the Long Bridge Road entrance to the park.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER also continues near the barn as of Jan. 15.
Three REDHEADS were present on Lake Takanassee in Long Branch Jan. 12
Fifty COMMON REDPOLLS were discovered at Whitesbog Jan. 13 along with
a NORTHERN SHRIKE Jan. 12-14. An amazing total of 10 GREATER WHITE-
FRONTED GEESE were tallied off Jackson Road near Medford Jan. 13, but
were gone the following day.
Seven TUNDRA SWANS were present at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Jan. 13,
while six or more SHORT-EARED OWLS and four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were
tallied Jan. 12 at Mott's Creek just north of Smithville and the
refuge. Seven MARBLED GODWITS were discovered Jan. 12 in Absecon in
the channel by the Route 87 Bridge.
The Sussex County Landfill in Sussex Jan. 10 produced two GLAUCOUS
GULLS, one ICELAND GULL and two LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS while Culver
Lake was home to a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an ICELAND GULL the
same day. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues in Layton as of Jan.12.
A CACKLING GOOSE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were present on
Merrill Creek Reservoir Jan. 12 and a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was
present in the cove just north of the flag plaza at Liberty State Park
Jan. 12 to15.
The Delaware River off of Florence Jan 16 produced 25+ LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL. Two CACKLING GEESE were reported at
Rosedale Park in Mercer County Jan. 13, while two COMMON REDPOLLS
noted by the nature center at Washington Crossing State Park Jan. 15.
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.