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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/20/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 20, 2005 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, PAINTED BUNTING, pelagic birding announcements and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was present at Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook Jan. 15 and was joined by another Jan. 17. A EURASIAN WIGEON and a RED-NECKED GREBE were reported in Spermaceti Cove at Sandy Hook Jan. 16, with other Hook sightings including six SNOW BUNTINGS at North Beach Jan. 16, a HORNED LARK Jan. 15, and up to three RAZORBILLS noted throughout the week.

The SNOWY OWL at Shark River Inlet was last reported Jan. 16. A REDHEAD joined the EURASIAN WIGEON in Shark River Estuary near the Cracker Barrel Jan. 13 and was last noted Jan. 17. The RAZORBILL incursion continues with reports of three or less from Deal to Manasquan Inlet throughout the week.

Forty plus HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue at Barnegat Light State Park along with 4 female KING EIDERS, 50+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and a small number of HORNED LARKS. Other reports from Barnegat Light SP this week include: up to six RAZORBILLS and two AMERICAN PIPITS Jan. 14. A pair of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were present Jan. 16 and 17 at Manahawkin and a GOLDEN EAGLE at Cedar Run Jan. 13-14.

Island Beach SP Jan. 15 featured forty SNOW BUNTING, a HORNED LARK, and 8 HARLEQUIN DUCKS near the jetty at Barnegat Inlet. A EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered in the east pool at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Jan. 17, while HORNED LARKS and an "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW were observed at Brigantine Island Jan. 15.

The male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma was last reported Jan. 15: please call the Cape May Birding Hotline at 609-898-BIRD for more details. In Jersey City, eighty SNOW BUNTINGS visited the Caven Point Road golf course under construction Jan. 14.

Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR hosted a SHORT-EARED OWL and at least one continuing RED-HEADED WOODPECKER Jan. 17. Boonton Reservoir hosted two pair of REDHEADS and an EURASIAN WIGEON Jan. 15.

The Merrill Creek CACKLING GOOSE was last reported Jan. 13 and the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Jan. 15. Five other GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were tallied at the Mercer County Park boathouse Jan. 13.

Space is still available for the Sea Life Paulagic's Jan. 29 Inshore Pelagic trip from Belmar and for the annual Cape May Pelagic March 6. For information please call 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

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.

 
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