This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday January 31, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, BLACK GUILLEMOT, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE,
seasonal and local reports of interest. 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 BARNACLE GOOSE in Califon, Hunterdon County continues there
through Jan 28. Look for the bird across from the Methodist church in
Califon or among Canada Goose flocks along Rte 513 (DeLorme P. 29,
A BLACK GUILLEMOT was reported in the ocean off the entrance to Sandy
Hook Jan 27. A "possible" Black Guillemot was viewed off B-lot Jan
29. THE TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through Jan 28 north of the
scout camp near the eastern end of Randolph Dr. Up to 3 BOHEMIAN
WAXWINGS were present on the hook this week (through Jan 31), mostly
viewed among the flock of AMERICAN ROBINS, EUROPEAN STARLINGS, and
CEDAR WAXWINGS that frequents the woods between the scout camp and
guardian park along the bike path. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was
observed in Horseshoe Cove from Batteries Kingman/Mills Jan 31. Other
birds of note at Sandy Hook this week included a few REDHEADS in the
Spermaceti Cove scaup flock, an AMERICAN BITTERN at Spermaceti Cove
Jan 31, a Razorbill off lots B & C Jan 29, an adult LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULL at Plum Island Jan 30, an immature ICELAND GULL at North
Beach Jan 26, up to 38 TREE SWALLOWS, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at
Plum Island Jan 27, up to 88 SNOW BUNTINGS in the Gunnison/North Beach
area, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS at North Beach and another Common Redpoll at
the east end of Randolph Dr, both Jan 27. A free, detailed birding
map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the bird sightings log
there for daily reports.
North Shore sightings this week included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON on
Sylvan Lake at the Bradley Beach/Avon border Jan 29 and a second-year
ICELAND GULL on the beach in Spring Lake Jan 28. Twenty REDHEADS were
noted in the Shrewsbury River in Monmouth Beach Jan 27.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues through at least Jan 29 at Whitesbog in
Burlington County. The bird was seen in the large sunken field after
the first flooded impoundment as you enter from the village. Also of
interest was an un-seasonal PALM WARBLER Jan 28 seen in the "active
farm" portion of the village.
Cedar Run Dock Road hosted a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 2 SHORT-
EARED OWLS Jan 26. Very unusual was an Osprey noted at nearby Dock
Road Jan 27.
Barnegat Light State Park had a RAZORBILL, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and
150+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS Jan 26.
Florence Jan 30 had single immature GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, and 5
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
At least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at the end of Pleasant
Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Jan 28.
An ICELAND GULL was detected on the lake at Newark's Weequaic Park Jan
Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a GLAUCOUS GULL and 6-7 LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULLS Jan 27.
CACKLING GOOSE reports this week came from the millpond along Rte 539
in Allentown Jan 28 and another at Hendershots Cove at Swartswood Lake
in Sussex County the same day.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.