This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thurs Jan 18 with reports of Review List Eared Grebe, Barrow's Goldeneye, Thayer's Gulls and reports of Snowy Owls, Sandhill Crane, Red-necked Grebe, Golden Eagle, short-ear and rough-leg, Black-headed Gull, Greater White-fronted Goose, Lapland Longspurs, seasonal reports, and announcements about the Liberty State Park hearing and the March Cape May pelagic.
First the announcements: note that the hearing at Liberty State Park Sat Jan 27, 1:30-4:00 p.m. on the fate of the park interior is to be at the Liberty Science Center, not the park building. Support creating a forest in the park interior; oppose a commercial waterpark proposal. Written comments to Ass't Commissioner Cari Wild, NJDEP, CN 404, Trenton, NJ 08625. The Cape May pelagic March 4 on the Miss Chris is $65; for info call Paul Guris 215-234-6805; send check payable to Miss Chris Boats to 1604 Woodland Road, Green Lane, PA 18054.
The EARED GREBE at Barnegat Light was found again this week in front of High Bar, visible from the small dirt parking area just across the road from the Barnegat Light State park entrance. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook several days this week; also at the Hook LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Parking Area K, RED-NECKED GREBE off North Beach, 2 ICELAND GULLS, LESSER BLACK-BACK, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at North Pond.
Up to three THAYER'S GULLS, 11 ICELANDS and umpteen LESS-BACKS were at Florence this week. The SANDHILL CRANE continues at Veteran's Park, Hamilton Twp. near Trenton. Exit Interstate 195 at Exit 3, Yardville-Hamilton Square Rd; go north to light at Klockner Rd; turn left, go to light at the Whitehorse-Hamilton Square Rd (hospital on corner) and turn left again. The park entrance is on the left just after Bristol-Myers-Squibb office building.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have been at the corner of Centerton and Westfield Aves. in Moorestown near the "ship in the field" Naval communications building.
SNOWY OWL update: still at Liberty State Park, Jersey City this week, on the park greens and on the Caven pier. Two more at McGuire Airforce base in Wrightstown, with two ROUGH-LEGS; one at Holgate; also one belated report of another at Ringoes, Hunterdon Co. around Christmas, maybe the Wertsville bird reported earlier.
Other shore reports: Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR this week had SNOW BUNTING, GREAT EGRET, AM. BITTERN, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK all Jan 13, (you can walk the dikes but the road has been closed). Mott's Creek Landing (just north of Brigantine on Rt. 9) Jan 13 had 2 BALD EAGLE and one GOLDEN EAGLE; two ROUGH-LEGS and several SHORT-EARS. Also Jan 13, there was a BLACK-HEADED GULL at the Shark River marina. LESSER-BLACK-BACKS Jan 15 were at Lake Takanassee (also REDHEAD there); at Lake Como; and at Stockton Lake.
DeKorte State Park this week had 2 ROUGH-LEGS, and a LESSER-BLACK-BACK. Great Swamp has RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the heronry on Pleasant Plains Road. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS this week were at Randolph Park; Milltown, and several were on the SW Morris Count Jan 14 (80 species incl. CHIPPING SPARROW). Newark Airport had two GREAT EGRETS.
Oberly Road in Alpha had LAPLAND LONGSPUR this week with the larks. Four LAPLAND LONGSPUR were with larks in Allamuchy at the intersection of Long Bridge and Quaker Church roads; take 612 from Allamuchy (off Interstate 80) to Long Bridge Rd; the birds are in manured fields. The BARROW'S x COMMON GOLDENEYE was seen this week on Yards Creek Res. REDHEADS continue at Merrill Creek Res.
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