This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday January 22 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, SPOTTED TOWHEE, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The BARNACLE GOOSE in Califon was seen Jan 18. Look for the bird with Canada Geese at the "pond" section of the Raritan River opposite the Methodist Church on River Rd. A CACKLING GOOSE was noted there as well. Also in Hunterdon County was an ICELAND GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir Jan 19.
A PACIFIC LOON was observed off Seven President's Park in Long Branch Jan 16. Also there was a RAZORBILL. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was sighted at Seven President's Jan 18. The drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at Lake Takanasee, most often viewed in the second or third ponds (near the fireman's memorial). Five COMMON EIDERS were off Clem Conover Blvd Jan 18. Further south along the North Shore, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an adult ICELAND GULL were found at Sunset Lake in Asbury Park, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach, and another 2 adults were at Shark River Estuary, all Jan 18. An ICELAND GULL was found at Manasquan Inlet Jan 16. More information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was photographed at Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove Jan 17. Also at the hook that day was a drake COMMON EIDER off C-lot and a first-year ICELAND GULL off SHBO. Three COMMON EIDERS were off the end of the fisherman's trail and 100 SNOW BUNTINGS were between C & D lots Jan 16. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The SPOTTED TOWHEE at Palmyra continued this week through Jan 17. It is most often seen in the area around the southwest corner of "the big pit" near the benches; this area has also been described as near the intersection of the Red-winged Blackbird and Saw-whet trails.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues this week at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst through Jan 20. It is most often seen in the vicinity of Disposal Rd or near the AMVETS carillon. Also there were 225 CANVASBACKS, RING-NECKED PHEASANT, and 5 FOX SPARROWS.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Lenape Park in Cranford this week.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was detected at Assunpink WMA Jan 20; the bird was in the hedgerow on the right-hand side of Imlaystown Rd just before the boat launch area.
An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Brigantine NWR near the gull pond tower Jan 16. Sixteen TUNDRA SWANS were noted at Brig Jan 17.
Stafford Forge WMA hosted 32 TUNDRA SWANS Jan 17.
An AMERICAN WOODCOCK was noted along Stafford Ave in Manahawkin Jan 17.
See Life Paulagics is running a mid-winter trip from Belmar Feb 28 for Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, and kittiwakes. For more information or to register, see http://www.paulagics.com
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