This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday January 30 with
reports of review list species WESTERN TANAGER, TUFTED DUCK, and
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, plus CRANES (sp.), SNOWY OWLS, ICELAND GULL, RED
CROSSBILL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, RAZORBILL, BALD EAGLE,
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, COMMON REDPOLL, other reports of interest, and an
First that: The Voice of New Jersey Audubon will be moving to the
new Sandy Hook Bird Observatory sometime in mid-February, getting a
new phone number in the process. The exact date of the move will be
announced on this tape when it is known. For now, continue to use
the current number, but please make a note of the following: the new
hotline number will be 1-732-872-2595. To report birds to the tape
after the move, call 1-732-872-2500. Again, continue to use the
current numbers until further notice.
Now for the birds. A WESTERN TANAGER was seen and photographed at
Sandy Hook on Sunday, January 27. The bird apparently has not been
re-located despite searching. The location was a fenced pumphouse by
a maintenance area (called the "Brookdale building" by birders
although there is no longer a sign) north of the "rustybarn." Park at
the Scout camping parking lot and walk north to the barn and continue
north to the yellow stucco maintenance building. The fenced pumphouse
is west of the building. A water puddle here attracts birds to drink,
including COMMON REDPOLLS on occasion, including on January 29.
The male TUFTED DUCK continues through Sunday January 27 in the
Navesink River. The bird has been seen from the parking lot at the
north end of the Oceanic Bridge north of Rumson, Monmouth County, as
well as other viewpoints along the river. A female REDHEAD is with
the flock of SCAUP that the TUFTED DUCK associates with.
This week the BARROW'S GOLDENEYES have shifted back to Horseshoe Cove
at Sandy Hook, with 2 females and a male there on Wednesday January
30. A second-winter ICELAND GULL is often seen on or near the
pilings at the Horseshoe Cove BARROW'S spot.
The Conaskonk Point SNOWY OWL continues through Monday, January 28.
Reach it by taking Route 36 east from Garden State Parkway exit 117
about 3 miles to the jughandle for Union Avenue north. Take Union
Avenue north towards Union Beach. In a mile the road bears left and
becomes Front Street. Go to the end of Front Street, and park at the
turn-out. An ICELAND GULL was along Front Street on January 27.
On Saturday January 26 six CRANES of debatable species were seen at
Bostwick Lake on the Salem/Cumberland Co. border near Deerfield. This
is the same location they were seen last winter. Two birds had the
red crowns of SANDHILL CRANES, while two birds had all-black crowns
and two had half-black, half-red crowns, perhaps indicating hybrid
status. At the nearby Johnson Sod Farm, AMERICAN PIPITS and HORNED
LARKS were present on Olivet Road.
17 RED CROSSBILLS continue at Harrisonville Pond (or Lake) in Wharton
State Forest through January 27. Harrisonville Pond is along
Burlington County Rt. 679 (spur 563) about a mile or so south of
where Rt. 563 splits and heads west towards Green Bank. Park in the
dirt parking lot at the lake. Sometimes the birds will be heard or
seen from the parking lot. If not, cross the road, walk north a
short distance to just after the mile marker #7 sign, and turn left
on a path that cuts back diagonally 500' to an AT&T telephone cable
right-of-way. They've mostly been near the south end of the
right-of-way near seven large boulders.
Manasquan Inlet on January 25 had an adult ICELAND GULL,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, and flyby RAZORBILL.
Manahawkin WMA had a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and BALD EAGLE on
Sunday January 27, while Cedar Run Dock Road, off Route 9 south of
Manahawkin, had 2 dark ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and BALD EAGLE the same day.
Merrill Creek Reservoir has 2 adult BALD EAGLES, COMMON LOON,
thousands of SNOW GEESE and an assortment of ducks.
BALD EAGLES were scarce along the Delaware River between the Water
Gap and Dingman's Ferry the past weekend, with only 2 individuals
For a spectacle, check out the several thousand SCOTERS, mostly BLACK SCOTERS
and SURF SCOTERS with some WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and several thousand LONG-TAILED
DUCKS that have been seen off of the A-23 parking area at Island
Beach State Park for several days through at least Saturday, January
COMMON REDPOLLS were flyovers at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in
Bernardsville on January 30. Nearby Warren Green Acres had RUSTY
BLACKBIRDS on January 27. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were at Great
Swamp NWR the same day, seen from the overlook parking area on
Pleasant Plains Road.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ.
To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775.
Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and
thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.
New Jersey Audubon Society
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