Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/20/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

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 16.

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

http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorther nNorthShore.aspx

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 16.

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 EAGLE.

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.

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