E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org
Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
January 20, 2011 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, COMMON MURRE, THICK-BILLED
MURRE, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED
CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Birders aboard a fishing boat Jan 14 found 56 RAZORBILLS, 24 COMMON MURRES,
THICK-BILLED MURRE, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, 3 DOVEKIES, and 17 BLACK-LEGGED
KITTIWAKES at "the Mud Hole" 15-20 miles east of Shark River Inlet.
The PACIFIC LOON was seen again on the north side of Shark River Inlet Jan
17. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a first-year ICELAND GULL were noted
in Shark River Estuary and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were around Shark River Inlet
Jan 14. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was off Spring Lake Jan 15. An
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was in the dunes at Spring Lake just north of Wreck
Pond the same day. Five COMMON EIDERS were tallied at Manasquan Inlet Jan
Up to 10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 2-3 RED CROSSBILLS continue this week
through Jan 20 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch. The birds are often
found in the pines on the north side of the main entrance opposite the
Lighthouse Ice Cream stand. They have also been seen in the large stand of
pines by the maintenance yard. Please DO NOT enter the maintenance yard--you
can view them better from the road outside of the yard. Also at Seven
Presidents were a first-year male HARLEQUIN DUCK and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE
Jan 15 and a BLACK-HEADED GULL Jan 18. The first-year male HARLEQUIN DUCK
was found off Marine Place in Deal Jan 19. Two RED CROSSBILLS and 5
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were detected at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Jan 15 and 2
RED CROSSBILLS were found at the intersection of Garfield and Ocean Ave Jan
19. The drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at Lake Takanasee,
usually on the third or fourth lakes west in the chain. Two LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted in Monmouth Beach Jan 15. More info about
birding the Northern north shore can be found at
Sandy Hook sightings this week included a massive scoter flock -- mainly
BLACK SCOTERS but with large numbers of WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS -- estimated at
10,000 off B/C lots this week; 2 COMMON EIDERS; RED-NECKED GREBE off C-lot
Jan 15; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL; and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL of B-lot
Jan 16. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 25 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 100+ HORNED LARKS were
found in the parade grounds and fields at the Coast Guard Base Jan 17. A
free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the
sightings log there for daily reports.
Brigantine NWR reports this week included 6 TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN BITTERN,
2 light morph and a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and a GOLDEN EAGLE Jan 16.
At nearby Leed's Point Rd a dead YELLOW RAIL was found the same day. Mott's
Creek Rd hosted 2 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS Jan
At the south end of Brigantine Island on the north side of Absecon Inlet an
AMERICAN BITTERN, 161 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 34 "Western" WILLETS, and 3
MARBLED GODWITS were tallied Jan 16.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Featherbed Lane north of Rte 40 near
Sharptown Jan 15.
Birds noted in the Sayreville/South River marshes, viewed off Major Drive in
Sayreville Jan 15 included 9 NORTHERN HARRIERS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and BALD
Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted in the NJ Meadowlands this week.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week through Jan 14 at the
Ridgewood Duck Pond Park in Bergen County.
Eighteen REDHEADS and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL were found at the Spruce
Run boat launch Jan 18. Two ICELAND GULLS were noted at Round Valley
Reservoir Jan 17.
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found among hundreds of HORNED LARKS at the Alpha
Grasslands off Oberly Rd this week.
In Allamuchy Twp a LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 50+ SNOW BUNTINGS were seen in
fields at the intersection of Shades of Death & Long Bridge Roads Jan 15.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT
njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field
sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good
Birding and thanks for reporting.