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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/29/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for January 29, 2004 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, THAYER'S GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON REDPOLLS, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

Two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS remain at Shark River Estuary through Jan 25, seen from Riverside Drive. Large numbers of waterbirds have been present including up to 6 GREAT CORMORANTS, 250 GADWALL, 35 LESSER SCAUP, 350 BUFFLEHEADS, 2 REDHEADS, 28 CANVASBACKS, 200 HOODED MERGANSERS, and 200 RUDDY DUCKS.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in Lavallette Jan 24-25. The bird was seen with a small flock of Canadas in the park at the corner of Bay Blvd and Vance Ave and in the athletic field adjacent to the Upper Shore Library.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Island Beach State Park Jan 23 just past the fee booth on the main road. The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was last reported on Jan 21. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported there Jan 25.

Barnegat Light continues to host a KING EIDER, 31 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, all three scoters, 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, HORNED LARKS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and SNOW BUNTINGS Jan 25. Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were noted in Barnegat Township Jan 24.

GULLS at Florence Jan 24 included a first-year THAYER'S GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 8 ICELAND GULLS and 10 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also there 4 BALD EAGLES and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER.

One to two SHORT-EARED OWLS continue to be seen from the Heron Rookery lot along Pleasant Plains Road, most recently Jan 23. Another Short-ear was found over the Lord Sterling Park stables this week.

Round Valley Reservoir Jan 24-25 had RED-NECKED GREBE, 4 GREAT CORMORANTS, 4 REDHEADS, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

The Alpha Grasslands along Oberly Rd hosted 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS Jan 24. Nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir had 5 REDHEADS this week.

A flock of 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were in the Pequannock Watershed along Clinton Rd Jan 24, viewed 2.5 miles north of the intersection of Rte 23.

Wallkill River NWR had 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 2 COMMON RAVENS, and a GRAY CATBIRD Jan 26 along the Dagmar Dale Trail.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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