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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 5, 2012 with reports of COMMON CHAFFINCH, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, Christmas Bird Count results, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A COMMON CHAFFINCH of unknown provenance is visiting a feeder in Asbury, Hunterdon County. The homeowners are graciously allowing visitors to view the bird ON WEEKDAYS ONLY. Address is 6 Fawn Way, Union Twp NJ. RULES FOR VISITATION: Monday to Friday no earlier than 7:30 am. Park in the cul-de-sac next to the driveway. Walk up the driveway and bear to the right as soon as the lawn appears and make your way around the house to the porch. This is the best viewing location and will prevent the possibility of accidentally scaring the bird off. The feeders are in the back yard. The CHAFFINCH typically comes in with the WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and JUNCOS but has occasionally been observed individually. The CHAFFINCH has been spotted in both the morning and the early afternoon hours, but has not been seen after 2 pm.
A WESTERN TANAGER was reported at Riverfront Landing on Water St in downtown Toms River Jan 5. Park at the boat dock area and look for the bird in the trees around the gazebo.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER continues at Thompson Park in Lincroft through Jan 2. Enter the main park entrance and continue past all parking lots and buildings until the road turns to gravel. Continue on the gravel road and park in the Marlu Pond lot. Cross the dam on the paved trail and watch for the bird in the field on the right just across the dam or around the isolated grove of trees and brush at the hilltop.
The WESTERN KINGBIRD continues at the Clay Pit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park in Navesink (access is off Locust Ave) through Jan 5. Look for the bird in the field adjacent to (west of) the parking lot or in the taller trees by the creek.
Birds noted at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck this week included AMERICAN BITTERN and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.
A RAZORBILL was noted in Manasquan Inlet Jan 5.
The SNOWY OWL continues at Merrill Creek Reservoir, usually seen in the rocks below the dam, through Jan 5.
The five SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week; seen in a corn field off Randolph Rd through Jan 4. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Colonial Park in Franklin Twp Jan 1-4. Look for the woodpecker near a stake with a white cloth along the nature trail. At nearby Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues through Jan 4. A new state high-count of 33 CACKLING GEESE was made at Duke Island Park Jan 2.
The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues through Jan 4 in Perth Amboy. The bird was seen in the bay near the Cornucopia Cruise Lines parking lot, visible from a paved pathway that heads toward the Rte 35 bridge.
An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the DeKorte Environment Center Jan 2. Other birds noted at the meadowlands this week included 66 CANVASBACKS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, 3 PALM WARBLERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Saw Mill Creek, and 40 SNOW BUNTINGS.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found among the CANADA GEESE at Overpeck Park in Leonia Jan 3-5. The bird was in the water across from the horse stables.
An "unseasonal" GREEN HERON was roosting with BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS at the back pond of Lincoln Park West in Jersey City Jan 1. Another GREEN HERON was noted at Trenton Marsh Jan 5.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were observed from the viewing platform at Oil City Rd in the Wallkill River NWR Dec 31.
Christmas Bird Count Results:
Long Branch CBC Dec 31 tallied 117 species plus 8 count-week birds including 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE at a pond along 18th Ave in Wall Twp, RED-NECKED GREBE off Deal Lake, BROWN PELICAN in Spring Lake, ICELAND GULL, RAZORBILL, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.
Barnegat CBC Jan 1 tallied 123 species including BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 2 KING EIDERS & 21 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Barnegat Light, SHORT-EARED OWL and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Manahawkin, AMERICAN BITTERN, RED KNOT, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, FORSTER'S TERN, SEDGE WREN, and EASTERN PHOEBE.
Highlights of the Mizpah CBC Dec 30 were COMMON GOLDENEYE, 26 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, and EASTERN PHOEBE.
An eight-hour nearshore pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar on Jan 15, 2012 targeting Razorbill, Common Murre, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake, and other gulls. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or info at paulagics.com
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