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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/26/2006
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 announcements.

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 daily reports.

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).

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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.

 
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