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
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.