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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 19, 2012 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, ?WESTERN? WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, WESTERN TANAGER, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BREWER?S BLACKBIRD, PINE GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest including a winter pelagic trip.
A WESTERN TANAGER was discovered at Allaire SP January 15 in a burned area between the paved bike path and Atlantic Avenue/Rte. 524 and was still present as of January 17.
A sick DOVEKIE sat on the beach at the south end of Sandy Hook January 19. Park in the lot next to summer toll booths, walk south on the bike path to a path to the beach on the left. The bird was right on the beach at the edge of the water about a 100 yards north of this path. About twenty SNOW BUNTINGS flew by while the bird was being observed.
RAZORBILLS were present at the south end of Sandy Hook Jan. 16 along with 120 SNOW BUNTINGS. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted on Marlu Lake at Thompson Park in Lincroft Jan. 14.
Absecon Inlet from Brigantine Island was home to 23 MARBLED GODWITS and several ?Western? WILLETS and AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS Jan. 15. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR the same day produced 7 TUNDRA SWANS, a LITTLE BLUE HERON and a SNOW BUNTING.
Barnegat Inlet had 8 COMMON EIDER, 7 KING EIDERS and 6 HARLEQUIN DUCKS Jan. 15.
An inshore pelagic trip out of Belmar Jan. 15 traveled north staying within two to three miles of the coast producing: 3 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, an ICELAND GULL (first cycle), LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (second cycle), 40 DOVEKIE, 5 COMMON MURRE and 55 RAZORBILLS.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Assicong Marsh Jan. 14 moved to the River in Raritan Township Jan. 15 along River Road between Pennsylvania Avenue and Rte. 523 and was accompanied by at least 3 CACKLING GEESE in a large flock of CANADA GEESE on the river. Assicong Marsh also produced a single RUSTY BLACKBIRD, Jan. 15.
The boat launch at Spruce Run reservoir provided REDHEAD and a GREEN HERON Jan. 19. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Duke Island Park in Bridgewater was still present there Jan. 18. An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was reported at Clinton Reservoir Jan. 14. The SNOWY OWL at Merrill Creek continues as of Jan. 13.
The Columbus Monument at Liberty SP Jan. 15 hosted 24 HORNED LARKS while 16 SNOW BUNTINGS were present along Port Jersey Blvd. at Global Terminal in Bayonne the same day.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was present at the Edison Boat launch Jan. 13 and 15. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK visited the Edison Marsh and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Sayreville Townelake both Jan. 16.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Johanson Memorial Fields at 353 Powerville Road in Boonton continues there as of Jan. 17. Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present at the Wallkill River NWR from Oil City Road viewing area Jan. 16.
A dark form ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed at Waywayanda SP Jan. 16 and 6 REDHEADS were tallied on Turtle Pond in Andover the same day.
Three or four BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS were discovered at a cattle feedlot in Sharptown in Salem County Jan. 18. Floodgates hosted 91 TUNDRA SWANS Jan. 14, while Mannington Marsh held 5 BLUE-WINGED TEAL as seen from the observation deck at the Rte. 45 crossing Jan. 15. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was observed along the edge of the soybean field on Money Island Road in Salem County also Jan. 15.
In a late report produced a very credible description of a female PINE GROSBEAK at a feeder in Tom?s River January 9.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.