This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
January 29, 2009 with reports of BLACK BRANT, BARNACLE GOOSE, WESTERN
GREBE, EARED GREBE, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL,
seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements. Most
locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding
Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.
Birders are encouraged to submit reports of Review List Species
through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the
New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown
Drive, Warren NJ 07059.
A BLACK BRANT was gleaned from a flock of "pale-bellied" Brant on the
lawn adjacent to Phillips Ave in Deal Jan 24.
The BARNACLE GOOSE was seen Jan 25 in a field at the intersection of
Rte 513 and Maple Lane near Califon, Hunterdon County. The "pond"
section of the Raritan River where the bird is normally found with
Canada Geese is currently frozen. A small flock of WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILLS was noted along River Rd in Califon Jan 28.
A WESTERN GREBE was observed at Manasquan Inlet Jan 23. Possibly the
same individual was re-located and photographed off Roosevelt Avenue
in Deal Jan 25. On Jan 26 the Western Grebe was observed off Phillips
Ave & Clem Conover Blvd in Deal. The bird was viewed off the end of
Neptune St in Deal on Jan 27. More information on birding this area
can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html
The EARED GREBE continues at Round Valley Reservoir through Jan 28
near the main boat launch area. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was noted
Jan 25. Immature ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were present at the
reservoir early in the morning several days this week along with a
COMMON REDPOLL on Jan 27. Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 1,500 SNOW
GEESE, 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 3 SNOW
BUNTINGS at the boat launch Jan 26. Also in Hunterdon County was a
flock of three dozen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS that stopped to feed on
hemlock trees along Third St in Frenchtown Jan 27 and another flock in
Clinton Twp Jan 26.
The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was present as recently as Jan 23 in
Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please
use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147
Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left-
hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the
left edge of the yard or under the feeders.
Warren County reports this week included the elusive flock of WHITE-
WINGED CROSSBILLS near the corner of Richline and Fox Farm Roads at
Merrill Creek Reservoir Jan 24-26. The best times to look for the
crossbills are early morning, late morning, and late afternoon. Other
birds noted at Merrill Creek included 3,000 SNOW GEESE, TUNDRA SWAN,
COMMON RAVEN, 250 PINE SISKINS, and 3 COMMON REDPOLLS. Two ROUGH-
LEGGED HAWKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were detected at the Alpha
Grasslands along Oberly Rd Jan 24. Twenty-seven COMMON REDPOLLS were
tallied at the Water Gate picnic area along Old Mine Rd Jan 24.
Ringwood Manor/Botanical Gardens continues to host a sporadic flock of
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS through Jan 25. Also there this week were
COMMON RAVEN and 49 PINE SISKINS. WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were also
heard along Clinton Rd in the Pequannock Watershed Jan 25. The birds
are most frequently detected between parking areas P4 and P5. A
COMMON REDPOLL briefly visited a feeder in Hewitt Jan 27.
Two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted at the Liberty Loop area in Wallkill
River NWR Jan 25. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was noted with HORNED LARKS and
SNOW BUNTINGS along Long Bridge Rd near the Pequest River in Allamuchy
Reports from the NJ Meadowlands this week included 2 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS along Valley Brook Ave and 2 COMMON RAVENS Jan 23.
Great Swamp NWR had a flock of PINE SISKINS and 2 male PURPLE FINCHES
visiting the feeders on White Bridge Road this week.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and
1-2 COMMON REDPOLLS at the end of the fisherman's trail Jan 25. An
immature ICELAND GULL was off Batteries Kingman & Mills Jan 23. The
most recent report of the Plum Island ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was Jan
23. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO;
check the sightings log there for daily reports.
North Shore reports this week were of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at
Silver Lake in Belmar Jan 23-24 and at Shark River Inlet Jan 25; 4
REDHEADS along Riverside Dr in Shark River Estuary Jan 26; 4 REDHEADS
at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant, single RED-NECKED GREBES off
Sea Bright Jan 23, the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Jan 24, and off
Allenhurst/Deal Jan 26 & 27; RAZORBILL off Pullman Ave in Elberon Jan
23; 2 "large alcid sp." off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Jan 24;
single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS appeared this week at Clem Conover
Blvd in Deal, Allenhurst, and Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach. A small
number of COMMON REDPOLLS continue at Shark River Inlet between the
south jetty and the Belmar Fishing Club; nine birds were in the pines
there Jan 26.
The SANDHILL CRANE pair continues in Franklin Twp through Jan 27. The
birds have been in a field south of Weston Rd and east of Mettler Rd;
safest viewing is from the vacant office building parking lot across
from the Huntington Life Sciences building. The cranes have also been
seen in a corn stubble field west of Randolph Rd half way between
Weston Canal and School House Roads.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported at the Stony Brook-Millstone
Watershed Association Headquarters at the feeders Jan 24.
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL were noted at Mercer County Park
Northwest off the Federal City/Cold Soil Rd entrance Jan 24.
Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at
Palmyra Cove Jan 25. Also in Burlington County was a dark-morph ROUGH-
LEGGED HAWK, 3 PALM WARBLERS, and 5 PINE WARBLERS at Franklin Parker
Preserve near Chatsworth Jan 25.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE appeared again along Cedar Run Dock Rd
in Ocean County Jan 24. Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SNOWY OWL were
viewed from the end of Stafford Ave in Manahawkin WMA Jan 27.
A BLUE-HEADED VIREO was a rare mid-winter surprise at Brigantine NWR
Jan 23. The bird was feeding in the small clearing just before the
bridge at the end of the wildlife drive. Also at Brig was a drake
EURASIAN WIGEON Jan 24.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar February 8, 2009 in search of
Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake, and "good
gulls." For more information or to register, please contact See Life
Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings
AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.