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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 26, 2012 with reports of WESTERN TANAGER, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, DOVEKIE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The male WESTERN TANAGER continues through Jan 22 at Allaire State Park. The bird has been seen in a burned-over area between the bike path and Atlantic Ave south of Brisbane Lake and west of the outflow creek.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Johansen Park in Boonton through Jan 25. The bird is often behind field # 1.
The Merrill Creek Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues through Jan 23, usually seen in the rocks below the main dam. A juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE was reported over the Alpha Grasslands this week.
Hudson County reports this week included the continuing EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Jan 24, and single ICELAND GULLS at Kearny Marsh Jan 25 and at Liberty State Park.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remains in the Canada Goose flock at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater through Jan 24. Other Somerset County reports this week included 3 ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the pig farm along Homestead Rd in Hillsborough Twp Jan 23 and RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS along the trail from the fisherman's access parking lot at Lord Stirling Park.
Three REDHEADS were noted this week on the pond along Clark Drive in Mt. Olive Twp.
A GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL (both first-cycle) were seen from the Edison Boat Ramp Jan 23.
North Shore reports this week included a RAZORBILL at Manasquan Inlet Jan 22-24 and an immature ICELAND GULL there Jan 22. A flock of 5 AMERICAN PIPITS was noted at nearby Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan Jan 22. An adult GLAUCOUS GULL was reported at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Jan 22 and a COMMON REDPOLL was a surprise at Deal Esplanade in Deal Jan 25.
An impressive feeding flock of 42 RAZORBILLS was noted off F-lot at Sandy Hook Jan 25.
A birder aboard a fishing boat tallied 7 RAZORBILLS, 2 DOVEKIES, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE off Sandy Hook Jan 19.
Eight REDHEADS were among the scaup flock at the Little Silver Boat Launch Jan 19.
Four TUNDRA SWANS were noted on Lake Assunpink Jan 24.
A KING EIDER, ICELAND GULL, and 2 RED KNOTS were found at Barnegat Light State Park Jan 23-24.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Amassa Landing in Burlington County Jan 22. Also in Burlington County was a continuing RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Rancocas State Park, seen near the 15 MPH sign near the parking lot.
Mannington Marsh had 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 17 TUNDRA SWANS Jan 22.
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