Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/30/2002
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 announcement.

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 reported.

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 26.

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.

Don Freiday,
Sanctuary Director
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries
New Jersey Audubon Society
11 Hardscrabble Road
P.O. Box 693
Bernardsville, NJ 07924
(908) 766-5787
e-mail: don@njaudubon.org

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