This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 23,
2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN
SHRIKE, RAZORBILL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues through Jan 18 in North
Wildwood- call the CMBO hotlines for details.
A SNOWY OWL was reported at the Morristown Memorial Hospital Jan
18. Another Snowy was found at the mouth of Matawan Creek, in the
salt marsh on the west shore the same day. Observers might also
try nearby Conaskonk Point, where one was found last winter.
(DeLorme P. 38, M-6).
RAZORBILLS continue in unusual numbers along the north jersey
coast, including six at Shark River Inlet Jan 21 and five at
Manasquan Inlet Jan 19. Smaller numbers were found at Sandy Hook,
Pullman Ave in Elberon, and Sea Girt. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL
was seen at Old Sams Pond in Pt. Pleasant Beach Jan 20; it was
also viewed at Manasquan Inlet Jan 17. Two ICELAND GULLS, one
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and one BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were
there Jan 19. Another LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Wreck Pond
Jan 16. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen at Osborne Ave in
Bay Head Jan 18.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the end of Marconi Road at
Shark River Estuary Jan 19-20. Also there Jan 19 was a REDHEAD
among large numbers of AMERICAN WIGEON, GADWALL, and other ducks.
The female BARROWS GOLDENEYE was seen again this week at Sandy
Hook. Look for the bird off Officers Row, from the north side of
Horseshoe Cove up to the Coast Guard Base. Also at the hook this
week were large numbers of SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, a BALD EAGLE, and
The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Jan 19. Look
for the bird at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd, along the south
side on both sides of the ditch.
Higher than average numbers of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SHORT-EARED
OWLS continue at several locations this week. Five Rough-legs and
a Short-ear were found at the Wallkill River NWRs Liberty Loop
Trail Jan 19. Ten Short-ears and three Rough-legs were viewed
along Cedar Run Dock Road (DeLorme P. 59, D-17) and eight were at
Manahawkin this week along with two ROUGH-LEGS and two BALD
EAGLES this week.
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was reported feeding on the ice along the
south dike at Brigantine NWR Jan 18 and twenty SHORT-EARED OWLS
were counted from the end of nearby Motts Creek Road. Several
Rough-legs were reported from Brig as well.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was noted at Oberly Road in Alpha Jan
18. Nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir had 2-3 REDHEADS the same day,
and a flock of over 100 HORNED LARKS was noted in Harmony.
Barnegat Light Jan 18 had 25+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 25 WHITE-WINGED
SCOTERS, one RAZORBILL, and 50 PURPLE SANDPIPERS.
Half-hardy lingerers this week included an EASTERN PHOEBE below
the bridge at Bulls Island and a VIRGINIA RAIL on ice at
Thompson Park in Lincroft.
Two COMMON RAVENS continue to roost in the pines in front of Weis
Ecology Center in Ringwood (best times are early morning and late
afternoon), and another Raven was noted this week at Lost Brook
Preserve in Tenafly.
The Feb 1 Pelagic from Belmar is sold out. To be put on a
first-come, first-served waiting list contact http://www.paulagics.com
or 215-234-6805. Another pelagic trip is scheduled for Mar 2 out
of Cape May for alcids and other winter seabirds. Contact
http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805 for more information.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on
birding in NJ. To report birds please call
732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ
Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ
08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.