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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/3/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday January 3, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE returned to Sandy Hook this week, observed off the north end of Officer's Row near the ferry terminal and in Horseshoe Cove. The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through Jan 3: look for the bird north of the scout camp parking lot at the east end of Randolph Drive. The WESTERN KINGBIRD continued around the North Beach Pavilion area through Dec 31. Also at the hook this week was a COMMON EIDER off C-lot, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the beach at the end of the Fisherman's trail Jan 1, an immature ICELAND GULL at North Beach Dec 30, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT near the flag pole at the scout camp Jan 3, an immature male BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the scout camp Dec 28, flyover COMMON REDPOLLS at north beach Dec 30, and a flock of 200+ SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

North Shore birds of note this week were RED-NECKED GREBE at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach, 2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS at Manasquan Inlet (one first-cycle and one adult) Dec 29-31, and a Little Gull Dec 29. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed at Wreck Pond, on the beach at Lake Como, and off Allenhurst Jan 1.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Thompson Park in Lincroft Jan 2; the bird was found in the fields past the dam at Marlu Lake.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was found among a large flock of CANADA GEESE along Quaker Bridge Road near the Princeton/Lawrenceville border Dec 28-29. At least one BARNACLE GOOSE continues in the Califon, Hunterdon County area through Dec 31. Look for the bird across from the Methodist church in Califon or among CANADA GOOSE flocks along Rte 513 (DeLorme P. 29, J-24).

At Florence on the Delaware River a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL, 10 ICELAND GULLS, and 30 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found on the Trenton Marsh CBC.

Three RED CROSSBILLS were detected along Friendship-Speedwell Rd near the Carranza Memorial in Burlington County Dec 28 (DeLorme P. 56, L-12). Also in Burlington County 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SHORT- EARED OWL were viewed from Amassa Landing (DeLorme P. 65, I-19).

At the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park NW) 2-5 SHORT-EARED OWLS have been observed this week.

Great Swamp birds Dec 28 included AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and 25 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS: all seen along Pleasant Plains Road. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was carefully observed at the "friends blind" at the Wildlife Observation Center the same day. An EASTERN SCREECH-OWL has been seen in the wood duck nesting boxes near the end of Pleasant Plains Road recently.

Several COMMON REDPOLLS were found at the Hilltop Recreation Center off Lakeside Blvd in Hopatcong Jan 2. The birds were in birch trees beyond the playing fields.

At Merrill Creek Reservoir a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was detected Dec 31. At nearby Alpha Grasslands along Oberly Rd, 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were tallied Dec 31.

In Sussex County, the Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Jan 2. Look for the bird in the fields near the intersection of Rtes 615 & 640. Wallkill River NWR hosted 8-10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 3-5 SHORT- EARED OWLS at Oil City Rd Liberty Loop Trail area Dec 28 -29.

A belated Garret Mountain this week was received of 35 COMMON REDPOLLS in the birch trees near the basketball courts during the afternoon on Dec 26. A juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE was a fly-by near the flag pole Dec 31.

At New Jersey Audubon's Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes 6 WILD TURKEYS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, COMMON REDPOLL, and PINE SISKIN visited the feeders there Dec 28.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found at DeKorte Park in Lyndhurst Dec 28.

The Long Branch CBC tallied 122 species including GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE & CACKLING GOOSE near the intersection of Bailey's Corner Rd and Ocean Ave in Wall (still there Dec 31), 3 COMMON EIDERS, WILD TURKEY, 2 GREAT EGRETS, LITTLE GULL off Spring Lake, an immature BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 ICELAND GULLS off Allenhurst, LONG-EARED OWL & WESTERN KINGBIRD at Thompson Park in Lincroft, PINE WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

The Barnegat CBC recorded 136 species including 55 COMMON EIDERS, 33 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 6,000 BLACK SCOTERS, a fly-by RAZORBILL, and DOVEKIE: all at Barnegat Inlet; a LITTLE BLUE HERON; AMERICAN BITTERN, KING EIDER, and 1,300 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Holgate; 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 5 BARRED OWLS, 5 LONG-EARED OWLS, several SHORT-EARED OWLS, EASTERN PHOEBE, 4 SEDGE WRENS, 2 BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEES, WHITE-EYED VIREO, PRAIRIE WARBLER, 29 PURPLE FINCHES, and 9 COMMON REDPOLLS.

The Sussex CBC Dec 29 had 85 species including 2110 SNOW GEESE, 6 BALD EAGLES, BARN OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 4 COMMON RAVENS, NORTHERN SHRIKE (COUNT WEEK), EASTERN TOWHEE, and PINE SISKIN.

The Raritan Estuary CBC Dec 30 had 250 COMMON REDPOLLS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Space is still available on the pelagic Christmas Bird Count scheduled for Jan 4; this eight-hour trip will seek pelagic species including Northern Fulmar, Razorbill, Dovekie, white-winged gulls, and possible Atlantic Puffin and Black-legged Kittiwake. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08858. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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