This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, January 25, 2007 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, ICELAND
GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, LONG-BILLED
MURRELET, BAND-TAILED PIGEON, SHORT-EARED OWL, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED
LARK, OVENBIRD, WESTERN TANAGER, SNOW BUNTING and seasonal and local
reports of interest.
A first state record LONG-BILLED MURRELET was discovered near the
base of Sandy Hook on Jan. 18 at 8:15 a.m and was almost viewed
continuously till about 3:30 p.m. when it vanished. There were
reports of brief sightings of this Siberian nester and rare North
American vagrant on Jan. 19 and during the gale force winds of Jan.
20. Many birders searched in vain on Jan. 21 when winds moderated,
but the bird was never rediscovered. When present the bird was
working the ocean side of Sandy Hook from the shrink-wrapped toll
booths near the entrance north to Lot C (Chokecherry).
There was at least one RAZORBILL present in the murrelet search area
at the Hook from Jan. 18 to 22, while 9 were recorded Jan. 22 from
the base of Sandy Hook south to Monmouth Beach. The female BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE continues at Sandy Hook with the bird reported in
Spermaceti Cove Jan. 21. An AMERICAN BITTERN and a SNOW BUNTING were
also recorded at Sandy Hook Jan. 19.
Another WESTERN TANAGER was discovered in Atlantic County on Jan. 23
near the Garden State Parkway's Mullica River Bridge. Take Parkway
Exit 48 which is Route 9 and proceed short distance to the Chestnut
Neck Boatyard on the left and turn left on Old New York Road and
proceed toward the Parkway about 0.6 miles where the pavement ends
and the road turns north. Park at this location at a pullout and walk
the rough gravel road continuing north checking the grassy cedar-
covered hillside on your left (the marsh is on your right) to as far
as the bridge. The bird was seen again in this location just before
noon and in mid-afternoon on Jan. 24. Other birds seen in this area
recently include 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and an
The Echo Hill Park WESTERN TANAGER in Clinton was still present as of
Jan. 21, while the BAND-TAILED PIGEON was last seen in West Cape May
Jan. 18. There was a report of this bird flying by the lighthouse on
The off and on drake EURASIAN WIGEON in Rumson was last reported Jan.
22. It is seen in the pond near the intersection of Hartshorne and
Pond Road. The pond may now be frozen over. Another drake was
observed at Silver Lake in Belmar Jan. 21 and 23, while a female
Eurasian Wigeon was identified at Little Silver Lake in Pt. Pleasant
Jan. 25. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on Fischer Blvd. in Toms
River continues as of Jan. 25. A drake HARLEQUIN DUCK was noted
flying by Clem Conover Road in Deal Jan. 22.
Single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were present at Monmouth Beach Jan.
22 and Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Jan. 22 and 25, while Forsythe
(Brigantine) NWR.hosted 26 TUNDRA SWANS Jan. 24. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK
was observed at Manahawkin Jan. 22.
An out-of-season sighting of an OVENBIRD was made at Spruce Run
Reservoir Jan. 19, while Oberly Road in Alpha Jan. 19-20 hosted an
AMERICAN BITTERN, a SHORT-EARED OWL and 100 HORNED LARKS.
An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was discovered on Culver's Lake Jan. 18 and
an ICELAND GULL and a COMMON RAVEN were observed at the Sussex County
Landfill Jan. 20.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey.
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.