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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/24/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 24, 2008 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, REDHEAD, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN BITTERN, GOLDEN EAGLE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON REDPOLL and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The Sandy Hook BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were last reported today, Jan, 24, south of the radar site along the road to north beach. Two were seen Jan. 21 along Raccoon Alley north of the Boy Scout Camp. The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was last noted Jan. 20 near the water treatment building at the end of Randolph just north of the Boy Scout Camp. The hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE appeared Jan. 23 in the cove on the bayside just south of the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory and Jan 24 in Horseshoe Cove.

The three REDHEADS continue at Lake Takanassee in West End, Long Branch as of Jan. 21, while 15 SNOW BUNTINGS were tallied near Lake Como on Jan. 21.

Whitesbog continues to host a flock of 10 to 15 COMMON REDPOLLS near the village store in Birch trees and the Northern Shrike on the main auto tour road both as of Jan. 23. Whitesbog also was home to 23 TUNDRA SWANS Jan. 21.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR provided an AMERICAN BITTERN and a SHORT- EARED OWL Jan. 23, while Mott's Creek north of Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR and the town of Smithville off Route 9 continues to host at least two SHORT-EARED OWLS Jan. 21, Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were also tallied on Cedar Run Dock Road Jan. 19.

The Bridge to Nowhere Road (Stafford Avenue) in Manahawkin is basically not drivable, rendering Cedar Run Dock Road your best alternative.

Barnegat Light SP was home to 25 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and about 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS Jan. 21.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was extracted from a large flock of SNOW GEESE in a field near Nimrod Rd., Mannington Marsh, Jan. 22, while a flock of 60 HORNED LARKS were observed along Featherbed Lane in Salem County the same day..

The BARNACLE GOOSE in Califon was rediscovered Jan. 20 among CANADA GEESE in a small pond along River Road, while a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was tallied in Whitehouse Jan. 21. Alpha hosted a flock of 60+ HORNED LARKS Jan. 20. A WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed at Merrill Creek Res. Jan. 23 and SHORT-EARED OWLS have been reported from the Pole Farm near Pennington (DeLorme P.42, G-1) Jan. 21-22.

COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at private feeders in Montclair and near Culver's Lake this week.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed along Old Mine Road near Poxono Island while two were discovered near Van Campen Inn on Old Mine Road, both on Jan. 21.

The Voice of NJ Audubon 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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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