Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/30/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 30, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, THAYERS GULL, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, BLACK BRANT, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RAZORBILL, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest and a pelagic trip announcement.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was still present at the end of 19th Ave in North Wildwood Jan 29-call the CMBO hotline for details.

Three carefully studied THAYERS GULLS were observed at Florence Jan 25 along with nine Iceland, two Glaucous, and dozens of Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were found on Harmony Road south of Rte. 540 in Cumberland County Jan 29 (DeLorme P 61, N-26). This isnt far from Bostwick Lake, where Cranes have been seen before.

A drake BARROWS GOLDENEYE was found off the tip of Conaskonk Point Jan 26 and reported again Jan 30. Park in the gravel lot at the west end of Front Street in Union Beach, walk along the shore to a creek mouth and look for the goldeneye flock. An AMERICAN BITTERN was there Jan 30. Two BLACK BRANT are still present in the Brant flock frequenting Raritan Bayfront Park in South Amboy Jan 30. Look for the birds feeding on the lawns or along the shoreline at low tide. A Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay Map detailing these sites is available upon request at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.

North Shore reports this week included the continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Shark River Estuary Jan 23-26. Look for the bird from Marconi Road or MacClearie Park on Rte. 35. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and REDHEAD were also there this week. A RAZORBILL was off the Sea Girt Lighthouse Jan 25 and a flock of twenty-four REDHEADS were in a SCAUP flock there Jan 26. The lighthouse is two blocks south of Wreck Pond, where a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was Jan 25. Manasquan Inlet had single RAZORBILLS this week and Iceland and Lesser Black-backed Gulls.

Sandy Hook reports this week were an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Visitor Center Jan 24; twenty SNOW BUNTINGS and ten HORNED LARKS at the end of the fishermans trail, and CLAPPER RAIL at Horseshoe Cove.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was found again at Great Swamp NWR. It was seen far out in the heronry at the end of Pleasant Plains Road on the afternoon of Jan 25.

A MARBLED GODWIT, seven WESTERN WILLETS, and 80 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were seen on mudflats on the south side of Brigantine Island Jan 26 (DeLorme P. 85, A&B 23).

Cattus Island Park in Toms River had an AMERICAN BITTERN and two SHORT-EARED OWLS Jan 26.

Multiple SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continued this week at Manahawkin, Cedar Run Dock Rd, Dock Rd, and Brigantine NWR. A ROUGH-LEG was found along Valley Brook Dr near the Hackensack Meadowlands Jan 25.

Two REDHEADS were on Lake Assunpink Jan 27.

A pelagic trip from Cape May is scheduled for Mar 2 with a weather date of Mar 9 in search of FULMAR, ALCIDS and GULLS. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6850 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at * 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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