This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 7, 2010 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, (possible) PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, (POSSIBLE) THAYER'S GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, AMERICAN PIPIT, SPOTTED TOWHEE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, PAINTED BUNTING and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The Long Branch CBC Jan. 2 featured two RAZORBILLS, one off Deal Lake on the Asbury Park border and the other at Allenhurst as well as an "Eurasian" GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Lake Takanassee in one of the back ponds. Also reported on the count were individual possible PACIFIC LOONS, one at Shark River Inlet in Belmar and the other on Wreck Pond in Spring Lake. The count tallied 106 species. Another RAZORBILL was observed from Roosevelt Avenue in Deal Jan. 1
An immature ICELAND GULL was present at Sandy Hook Jan. 5 and 6 near the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory while 20 HORNED LARKS visited the fenced in lawn of the Coast Guard base there Jan. 1. Also observed at Sandy Hook were a COMMON EIDER in Horseshoe Cove Jan. 6, 18 SNOW BUNTINGS in C-Lot Jan. 6, and four AMERICAN PIPITS Jan. 1 along Horseshoe Cove and three Jan. 6 on the beach south of Guardian Park.
The Lakehurst CBC Dec. 30 tallied 98 species including a RED-NECKED GREBE, a COMMON EIDER, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL all at Manasquan Inlet. The LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was still present at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 3.
Barnegat Light SP Jan. 2 hosted 15-20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 50 COMMON EIDER and 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS. Stafford Avenue in Manahawkin on the Barnegat CBC Jan. 3 provided a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. The count also tallied a possible (2nd Year) THAYER'S GULL on the beach at Harvey Cedars along with two immature ICELAND GULLS as well as an adult ICELAND GULL at Barnegat Inlet.
The ocean along Sea Isle City Jan. 5 was home to 44 COMMON EIDERS and a HARLEQUIN DUCK at 47th Street. A female PAINTED BUNTING briefly visited a feeder in Margate Jan. 6 and 7.
The Cape May CBC totaled 151 species Jan. 2 including CACKLING GEESE, six EURASIAN WIGEON, SORA, SANDHILL CRANE and BLACK-HEADED GULL.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continues as of Jan. 5 in Califon in the pond in front of the Methodist Church. Oberly Road in Alpha Dec. 31-Jan. 1 featured 80 to 100 HORNED LARKS, two LAPLAND LONGSPURS, twenty SNOW BUNTINGS and an AMERICAN PIPIT. Two HORNED LARKS were also present at Spruce Run Reservoir Jan. 2 and an ICELAND GULL was discovered at Donaldson Park in Highland Park, Jan. 1. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed in the River-watch area off Omar Avenue in Avenel Dec. 30.
The SPOTTED TOWHEE continues as of Jan. 7 at the Palmyra Cove Park, but be sure to look for it early in the morning. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed in Hopewell Jan. 1 and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted near the parking lot of Rosedale Park in Mercer County Jan. 4. Two SANDHILL CRANES were observed flying over Factory Road in Winslow Township Jan. 6 and while another was seen along Bear Tavern Road across from the entrance to Mercer County Airport Jan. 2.
The Delaware River along National Park was home to a REDHEAD Jan. 4 while 86 TUNDRA SWANS were also tallied in the river along Floodgates the same day. A flock of 200+ AMERICAN PIPITS were actively feeding in a field west of the Sunset Drive/Rt. 540 intersection in Mannington Jan. 2
The NORTHERN SHRIKE in the NJ Meadowlands in Lyndhurst has expanded its territory being seen along Schuyler Avenue in Lyndhurst Jan. 4 and along the Saw Mill Creek trail Jan. 6. An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed flying across Westbrook Road in Ringwood Jan. 5, while another was present at Van Bushkirk Island Park in Oradell. Jan. 2 and 3.
The Wallkill River NWR Jan. 6 was home to a SHORT-EARED OWL, three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 200+ HORNED LARKS and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was discovered Jan. 4 along the Old Mine Road near the Van Campen's Inn in the Delaware Gap NRA.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report at njbrc.net.
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