Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/31/2008
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, J-24).

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 25.

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.

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