Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/22/2004
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 22, 2004 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and a pelagic trip announcement.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was still present at Island Beach State Park through at least Jan 21. From the entrance ($5 fee per car) head south to the North Bathing Pavilion parking area. Walk 50 yards north of the exit driveway along the main road-- look for the bird on both sides in loose association with Starlings, Robins, and CEDAR WAXWINGS. The bird is also seen occasionally in the large oaks near the end of the Reeds Road Trail just south of the entrance. Most reports have been in the morning and early afternoon.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found at the Great Swamp NWR late in the Jan 21, viewed from the Heron Rookery Parking Lot on Pleasant Plains Road. Also there Jan 18-19 was the NORTHERN SHRIKE, seen in both the morning and late in the day. An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was viewed there Jan 19. A RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL were found along the road Jan 21-22.

Three AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were found flying over Brick Township Jan 17 and re-discovered near the mouth of the Manasquan River Jan 18-- no reports since. A RAZORBILL was seen from Manasquan Inlet Jan 17 and a COMMON EIDER was there the next day. Elsewhere on the North Shore the drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues along Riverside Drive in Shark River Estuary through Jan 21. A REDHEAD was there Jan 16 with large numbers of waterfowl.

Barnegat Light State Park Jan 17 had one KING EIDER and 3 COMMON EIDERS, 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, all three scoters, 50 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

Brigantine NWR had 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS Jan 17; nearby Leed's Point Road had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES the same day. SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found this week at Mott's Creek Road, Cedar Run Dock Road, Manahawkin WMA, and Ocean Gate.

Round Valley Reservoir reports this week were of up to 4 REDHEADS, 100 RING-NECKED DUCKS, BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

The Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Road) had 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 200 HORNED LARKS, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR Jan 17. Other Warren County sightings were ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in Stewartsville, REDHEAD and LONG-TAILED DUCK at Merrill Creek Reservoir, where up to 15,000 SNOW GEESE and CANADA GEESE are roosting.

Kuser Bog in High Point State Park had a flock of 20 COMMON REDPOLLS Jan 17. Also in Sussex County, the Wallkill NWR Liberty Loop Trail hosted 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 9 SHORT-EARED OWLS.

Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed had 5 COMMON REDPOLLS, many PINE SISKINS, and 2 COMMON RAVENS Jan 17.

RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, FOX SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, and COMMON REDPOLL were widely reported in small numbers at feeders in the northern and central parts of the state this week.


A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site athttp://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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