This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 28, 2010 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The BARNACLE GOOSE was noted this week in a field along Rte 513 about a mile north of Califon, Hunterdon County Jan 24.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE off Kingman/Mills (south end of Horseshoe Cove) Jan 28. Up to 2 ICELAND GULLS have been present all week off SHBO and another first-winter bird was at the false hook Jan 24. An adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK was at the hook Jan 28. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A WESTERN GREBE (probably a returning bird) was discovered off Seven President's Park in Long Branch Jan 28. Other North Shore sightings this week included an adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Point Pleasant Beach, first-winter ICELAND GULL at Manasquan Inlet, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Wreck Pond, a female WOOD DUCK at Fletcher Lake in Bradley Beach, the continuing EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL near the fireman's memorial at the third/fourth pond of Lake Takanassee, and 6 COMMON EIDERS off Allenhurst, all Jan 23. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at Manasquan Inlet Jan 26. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT visited a feeder in Spring Lake Jan 23-24. Three hundred BLACK SCOTERS and a RAZORBILL were off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Jan 27. More information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
The SPOTTED TOWHEE continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in Burlington County through Jan 27.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst this week through Jan 24, seen along the Transco Trail near the west impoundment.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported at Etra Lake off Rte 571 just east of Hightstown Jan 23. At nearby Lake Assunpink a CACKLING GOOSE was noted the same day.
A drake REDHEAD was among 250 CANVASBACKS on the Delaware River in Riverton, Burlington County off Howard St (DeLorme P. 46, K-14) Jan 24.
Ten BALD EAGLES were observed from the Chestnut Neck Boat Yard adjacent to exit 48 off the Garden State Parkway Jan 24. A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was viewed from Mott's Creek and a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Dock Road in West Creek the same day.
Ten REDHEADS were counted at Merrill Creek Reservoir Jan 27.
See Life Paulagics is running a mid-winter trip from Belmar Feb 28 for Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, and kittiwakes. For more information or to register, see http://www.paulagics.com
For recent bird sightings in Cape May and Cumberland counties, visit
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