This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for
Thursday January 26, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and
The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE remains in Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove
through at least Jan 21. To look for the bird park at the small
median lot north of the ranger station, walk north and take the
service road on the left out to the bay. The bird is usually with
the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock. Up to 20 REDHEADS are among hundreds of
GREATER SCAUP at Spermaceti Cove and the wintering EURASIAN WIGEON
and GREAT EGRET continue there this week as well. A first-winter RED-
NECKED GREBE was off the ocean side at C-lot (Chokecherry Beach)
along with SURF SCOTERS, BLACK SCOTERS, and WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Jan
21. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was found in Spermaceti Cove Jan 24.
Four RAZORBILLS were tallied Jan 21 between C-lot and the Visitor's
Center. A RED KNOT was noted near the salt pond at the end of the
fisherman's trail Jan 21. An AMERICAN BITTERN and a CLAPPER RAIL
were noted at Spermaceti Cove Jan 23. Two MERLINS are wintering at
the hook and are most frequently seen perching on telephone poles
near the holly forest near dusk. A free, detailed birding map of
Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found in the Holmdel/Colt's Neck
area Jan 25. One was present on the Vonage lawns just west of the
intersection of Rte 520 and Holmdel Rd (DeLorme P. 44, E-7) along
with a CACKLING GOOSE and another White-fronted Goose was found at
Swimming River Reservoir along the Long Bridge Rd causeway (DeLorme
P. 44, F-9).
Reports from the North Shore Jan 22 included the drake EURASIAN
WIGEON at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach, 2 adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake, and 2 RAZORBILLS off
Pullman Ave in Elberon.
Barnegat Light State Park Jan 22 hosted the usual 27 HARLEQUIN DUCKS,
an impressive 100 COMMON EIDERS, and 80 PURPLE SANDPIPERS. At
Manahawkin WMA 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted the same day, as were
6 REDHEADS at Lake Manahawkin.
At Brigantine NWR Jan 23 were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a juvenile
NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and TREE SWALLOW. An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at
dusk over the marshes at nearby Mott's Creek Jan 21.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES continue at Round Valley Reservoir through Jan 24.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to reside near the horse stables
along the upper road at Garret Mountain through Jan 21.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE was noted Jan 24 just south of Layton at the
corner of Rtes 615 & 640 in Sussex County (DeLorme P. 18, I-11).
See Life Paulagics is running an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar
in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey
coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in
search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both
trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are
requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written
descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for
calling and reporting.