Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/2/2002
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday January 2 with reports of review list species VARIED THRUSH, BELL'S VIREO, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS and THAYER'S GULL, plus WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, SHORT-EARED OWL, COMMON RAVEN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and Christmas Count results. Compilers, please fax or call in your results.

A VARIED THRUSH, reportedly a female, was found December 30 at Garrett Mountain and was relocated at least through New Year's Day. It is at the north end of Barbour Pond, in the area referred to as the 'wet zone.' Exit Interstate 80 at Squirrelwood Road (exit 56A). Go about .4 mi and bear right onto Rifle Camp Road. Park at the dirt pull-off where Rifle Camp Rd. meets Mountain Ave. You can then walk up the slope on Mountain Ave., which runs alongside Barbour Pond.

The BELL'S VIREO found December 16 on the Cape May Christmas Count at 23 Taylor Lane continues through January 1. Call the Cape May Birding Hotline at 1 (609) 898-BIRD for directions and updates on the BELL'S VIREO and the other Cape May rarities.

A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD has been coming to a feeder at a Columbia, Warren County residence since October 5 and is still present as of 12/31. The bird's presence had not been disclosed until now at the owner's request. Take Route 80 west 1 mile past Exit 4 (Columbia) and turn onto Hainesburg Rd. - just after the arched bridge. 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. Please do not knock on the door but you may walk on the lawn to get a better view.

The most recent report of the female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Barnegat Light at 29 W. 9th Street was Friday December 30, now visiting the feeder hourly. There is a new feeder on the sliding glass door of the house.

2 THAYER'S GULLS were found at Florence on the Trenton Marsh CBC December 29 along with many Lesser Black-backeds.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE found December 16 on the Sussex Christmas Count continues through Tuesday January 1. From the town of Monroe on Route 94, take Old Prospect School Rd. and turn left on Davis Rd. The bird has been seen on Davis Road at the first cleared area on the left.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were seen on Merrill Creek Reservoir by participants in the Merrill Creek CBC on Sun. 12/30. An estimated 15,000 SNOW GEESE were on the reservoir the same day.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue at the back trail at Kuser Bog in High Point State Park through January 1. The birds have been seen to the west of the boardwalk's end. COMMON RAVEN was also at Kuser Bog on January 1. [White-winged Crossbills are also being seen on the campus of Lawrenceville School on Rt. 206 just north of I-295, through Jan. 1. -L]

The Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge has ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and several SHORT-EARED OWLS along Oil City Road just north of the NJ boundary in Orange County, New York.

Solberg Airport in Readington Township, Hunterdon County had light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL on the Somerset CBC December 29.


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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