This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Jan 7 with reports of
MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, TUFTED DUCK, N. SHRIKE, RECORD CHRISTMAS COUNTS, FINCH
and local reports.
The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER is still in the same thicket in the
beanery in Cape May.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at Palmyra Dec 26 and 28, and
another ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was at the big thicket south of
Lake Takanassee Jan 3 and 4 (both birds on counts!).
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was at Horseshoe Cove in Sandy Hook Jan 5-park
in the median lot beyond the ranger station, walk north to the
road with the gate, and walk down to the shore of the cove. The
TUFTED DUCK was seen at Sandy Hook Jan 1--most often in
COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER and HARLEQUIN continue at Barnegat Light; also BROWN
PELICAN there. EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Stockton Lake in
Manasquan. Other shore reports are: 3 COMMON EIDER off Monmouth
Beach Jan 3; MARBLED GODWITS at Brigantine island and Nummy
Island Jan 5; SHORT-EARED OWLS on Leeds Point road Jan 2 and Taylor Lane
in Barnegat Refuge off Rte 9 Jan 5; HARLEQUIN at Manasquan Inlet
Jan 1; ICELAND GULL at Old Sam's Pond and GLAUCOUS GULL at Shark
River Jan 4. The loop road at Brig is closed at the Northeast
Corner until further notice.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Lyons, Bernards Twp Jan 4. From Rte 78,
take exit 33, Rte. 525 North one mile to the light at Valley Road.
Go right on Valley Rd. and right again on Spring Valley into the
town house complex. Park in the pullout near the muddy dirt
road (need boots). The bird can be scoped from the pullout.
Finch reports this week: RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL flybys at Cape May
Point; RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL at Lake Manahawkin; WHITE-WINGS at Sandy
Hook; 400 REDPOLLS and 50 WHITE-WINGS on Clinton Road Jan 5; 14
EVENING GROSBEAKS and 150 WHITE-WINGS on 515 Jan 2.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains
Road. EAGLES were on Lake Hopatcong on Raccoon Island (3),
Clinton Reservoir, Manahawkin and Leeds Point this week.
Christmas Counts (all record highs) include: Moorestown, Dec 28,
107 (by 7), with ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
GREAT EGRET, REDHEAD, ICELAND GULL, PIPIT and BARRED OWL (new).
Long Branch, Jan 3, 127, with ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BALTIMORE
ORIOLE, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, and COMMON EIDER.
Barnegat CBC Jan 4, 139, with NASHVILLE WARBLER, RAZORBILL, BROWN
PELICAN, GREAT EGRET, SEDGE WREN at the AT&T Road, GOLDEN EAGLE, BALD EAGLE,
RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and 25 REDHEADS. The Walnut
Valley Count (88 sp) had 16 ducks, including REDHEAD, SURF SCOTER and
WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RAVEN, N. SHRIKE, YELLOWTHROAT, 5 of the
winter finches, and a roost of 89 BLACK VULTURES. More counts on
next week's report.
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