This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Friday January 20, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN
GREBE, WESTERN TANAGER, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and
local reports of interest, and announcements.
The WESTERN GREBE continued this week at Sandy Hook, with the most
recent sighting in the ocean off C-lot (Chokecherry Beach Lot) Jan
19. The bird wanders widely and observers should look anywhere
between C-lot and Fisherman's Beach. Also present there this week
were 1-2 RAZORBILLS. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE remains in
Horseshoe Cove through Jan 20. To look for the bird park at the
small median lot north of the ranger station, walk north and take the
service road on the left out to the bay. The bird is usually with
the large (150-200) COMMON GOLDENEYE flock. A WESTERN TANAGER was
reported along with a Baltimore Oriole just north of Gunnison Lot
along Atlantic Drive Jan 14. Please report any additional sightings
of either bird. Other hook birds this week included the drake
EURASIAN WIGEON in Spermaceti Cove Jan 16, Great Egret, a RED-NECKED
GREBE at Spermaceti Cove Jan 14, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR with 60 SNOW
BUNTINGS at North Beach Jan 16. A free, detailed birding map of
Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for
The GOLDEN-CROWNED SPARROW in Colt's Neck was not reported this week,
but may still be present - please report any additional sightings.
The causeway on Long Bridge Rd did have a CACKLING GOOSE among the
CANADA GOOSE flock Jan 15.
Manasquan Inlet had a RAZORBILL Jan 19.
A SNOWY OWL was found at the south end of Island Beach State Park Jan
20 near the tern nesting area; it may be visible with a scope from
the Barnegat Light State Park side of the inlet.
Brigantine NWR Jan 17 hosted a ROSS'S GOOSE, TUNDRA SWANS, REDHEAD, 2
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and SHORT-EARED OWL. At nearby Mott's Creek Rd 2
SHORT-EARED OWLS were present.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at Round Valley Reservoir Jan 19.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE was noted Jan 19 just south of Layton at the
corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11). Also in Sussex
County a CACKLING GOOSE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were found
among thousands of CANADA GEESE in Fredon. Look for the birds in the
farm fields at the corner of Fredon-Marksboro Rd and Fairview Rd.
(DeLorme P. 23, F-23). Also there was a small flock of HORNED LARKS
and one probable LAPLAND LONGSPUR, all Jan 19. The Sussex County
Landfill off Rte 94 had single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and ICELAND
GULL this weeksee announcements for how to bird the landfill.
See Life Paulagics is running an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar
in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey
coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in
search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both
trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.
Birders are still allowed access to the Sussex County Landfill.
Birders are requested to follow these guidelines when visiting: To
bird the landfill, drive straight in past the new booth staying to
the far right. At the stop sign turn right and go to another stop
sign. Go straight through on the dirt road about 50 feet and turn
left into a grassy/weedy area to park. Alternately you can park
straight ahead along the dirt road well past where the trucks go up
the hill. DO NOT park along the chain link fence, as was done
previously. You can walk up the dirt road where the trucks go as far
as where they turn in to the landfill and bird from there. DO NOT go
on top of the old landfill. You can also park at the administration
building (first left after you come in off Rte 94). Walk back up
toward Rte 94 and go left by the orange fire hydrant. This take you
to an overlook of the landfill that is a better access point during
muddy or snow-covered road conditions. It also keeps you away from
the trucks and dust. The landfill is open from 7 am-2pm Mon-Sat.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are
requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written
descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling