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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 6, 2011 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, WESTERN GREBE, EARED GREBE, DOVEKIE, BARN OWL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, RED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A BARNACLE GOOSE was found on the mill pond in downtown Allentown on the Trenton CBC Jan 1 and remained through Jan 3.
A WESTERN GREBE was observed off Seven President?s Park in Long Branch Jan 1. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen there Jan 2. A female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and 2-3 RED CROSSBILLS have been frequenting the black pines in the park Jan 4-6. They are most often detected in the pines opposite the lighthouse ice cream stand near the entrance to the park. A CACKLING GOOSE was noted at Seven Presidents Park Jan 5. An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK has been frequenting jetties near Clem Conover and Phillips Avenues in Deal Dec 31-Jan 3. A DOVEKIE was seen off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Jan 6. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was on Lake Takanasee Jan 1. More information about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
An EARED GREBE was noted in the ocean off the intersection of Ludlow and Ocean Avenue in Spring Lake Jan 1. Possibly the same bird was viewed at Manasquan Inlet Jan 3-4 and at Shark River Inlet Jan 6. Other North Shore sightings this week included a DOVEKIE at Manasquan Inlet Jan 1 & 5, a RAZORBILL there Dec 30, and a RED-NECKED GREBE Jan 6. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on Shark River Estuary Jan 3 and two ?less-backs? were on Wreck Pond Jan 1. Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were found in the thickets behind the riverfront beach at Fisherman?s Cove Park in Manasquan Dec 31-Jan 1.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included an immature male KING EIDER and an adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE off D-lot Dec 30, three REDHEADS off B-lot Jan 1, single RED-NECKED GREBES off D-lot and SHBO Jan 2, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES off C-lot Jan 6, 20 HORNED LARKS, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the scout camp Jan 4-5, and 80 SNOW BUNTINGS at the false hook Jan 2. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were viewed in Franklin Twp Jan 2. The birds were seen along Randolph Rd 250 yards south of Weston Canal Rd. Also in Somerset County were 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Glenhurst Meadows near the river Jan 5.
Reports from the NJ Meadowlands included a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Mill Creek Marsh Jan 1 & 3 and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at DeKorte Environment Center Jan 3. Other birds noted around DeKorte Jan 4 included 13 AMERICAN PIPITS, 90 SNOW BUNTINGS, and several WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen on mudflats in Bayonne opposite Houlihan?s Restaurant along Rte 440 Jan 4-5.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week at the Ridgewood Duck Pond Park in Bergen County.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK has been seen in the Delaware River near Belvidere, Warren County through Jan 3. Look for the bird from the Pennsylvania side from the parking lot just north of the Belvidere Bridge.
Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop this week hosted up to 4 light morph and 1 dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Five SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted on the evening of Jan 2 and a BARN OWL was a surprise hunting the fields there on Dec 30. Also in Sussex County were 3 REDHEADS on Swartswood Lake Jan 2.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in Landisville on the Mizpah CBC. The bird was in a mixed-species flock on Forsythe St. Dec 31.
A ROSS?S GOOSE was found along Pointers-Auburn Rd south of Rte 40 in Mannington Twp Jan 3. A CACKLING GOOSE was found at this location Jan 1.
A near-shore Pelagic Trip is scheduled for Saturday January 22, 2011 from Belmar NJ. This 8-hour trip will search for alcids including Razorbill, murres, Atlantic Puffin, plus Black-legged Kittiwake and other ?good? gulls. Cost is $115. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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