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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/25/2007
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 AMERICAN BITTERN.

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 Jan. 19.

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.

 
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