Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/20/2006
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 daily reports.

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 and reporting.

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