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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/23/2003
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 announcements.

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 COMMON MERGANSER.

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.

 
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