This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 8,
2003 with reports of NORTHERN GANNET, AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED
HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN,
EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, NORTHERN
GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, MARBLED
GODWIT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, WILSON'S SNIPE, LITTLE
GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL,
BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, BARN
OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT,
BOHEMIAN WAXWING, WILSON'S WARBLER, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, "IPSWICH"
SAVANNAH SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE
SISKIN, a Pelagic report, news of an upcoming Pelagic trip and seasonal
and local reports of interest.
The highlight bird of the year so far has been a BOHEMIAN WAXWING
discovered by Alex Tongas Jan. 1 at Island Beach State Park along the
Reed's Road Trail. To reach this location proceed past the tollbooth to
the trail parking area about a half mile down on the right. The bird is
usually found among a flock of STARLINGS and/or ROBINS. The bird
continues today Jan. 8 and was last seen at 3:00 p.m. at Bathing Beach
#1 about 3 miles south of the toll booth. It was also reported from
this location Jan. 6. This is the third record of this bird for NJ
since the 1991 Sandy Hook bird and only the third bird that was not
just a flyby and stayed multiple days.
The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD at the Ohio Avenue feeder in Cape May was still
present Jan. 7.
Barnegat Light State Park continues to be a hot spot with reports of a
KING EIDER Jan. 1, and two Jan. 4, seven COMMON EIDERS Jan. 1 and three
Jan. 4, 40 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, Jan. 3, 70 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, Jan. 5, a
second winter LITTLE GULL, Jan. 4, BLACK-HEADED GULL, Jan. 1, GLAUCOUS
GULL, Dec. 31, 12 HORNED LARKS, Jan. 1, AMERICAN PIPITS, Dec. 31, two
"Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS, Jan. 3, three LAPLAND LONGSPURS Dec. 31 to
Jan. 4, ten SNOW BUNTINGS Jan. 1 and 30+ Jan. 3, and 30+ COMMON
REDPOLLS, Jan. 3.
A Pelagic Christmas Count out of Belmar on Jan. 2 produced a 223
NORTHERN GANNETS, nine BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, a COMMON MURRE, four
RAZORBILLS, and an ATLANTIC PUFFIN. Other RAZORBILL reports include:
singles at Sandy Hook, Jan. 1, Island Beach SP and Shark River Inlet
Jan. 3. BLACK-HEADED GULLS were noted at Tuckerton, Dec. 31, Sandy
Hook, Jan. 3 and Brigantine Island Jan. 5, where 37 MARBLED GODWITS
continue. Single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were discovered at Lake
Musconetcong, Jan. 1 and Wreck Pond in Spring Lake, Jan. 4.
A possible state record number100 WILSON'S SNIPE Were tallied at
Elsinboro near Fort Elfsborg in Salem County Jan. 5, while four
LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER remained at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, Jan. 1.
The refuge was also home to an AMERICAN BITTERN, three VIRGINIA RAILS,
four TUNDRA SWANS, a EURASIAN WIGEON, and five SHORT-EARED OWLS, Jan. 1
and eight Jan. 5. An American Bittern at Tuckerton Jan. 1 increase to
two Jan. 2, while a TRICOLORED HERON was discovered at Overpeck Park in
Leonia, Dec. 31 and 50+ BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS in Laurel Hill Park
in Secaucus, Jan. 5. Three COMMON MOORHENS were present in the
Hackensack Meadowland, Kearny Marsh Jan. 3.
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were observed at the Pennsauken High School field
Jan. 4 and 6, Spruce Run Res. Dec. 31, and Lopatcong, Jan. 6. Eight
TUNDRA SWANS were present at Stafford Forge, Jan. 7 and the Shark River
Estuary EURASIAN WIGEON was noted Jan.1 - 2.
An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed near Plainsboro Preserve,
Jan. 6 and a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was present along Dock Road
in Little Egg Harbor, Jan. 1. A BARN OWL was still present at Liberty
State Park Jan. 8 along with a pair of SHORT-EARED OWLS. Three
SHORT-EARED OWLS were also noted at Manahawkin, Jan. 1.
Unusual was a WILSON'S WARBLER discovered at Hartshorne Woods as part
of the Long Branch Christmas Bird Count, Jan. 3 which tallied 111
species. The count also featured 3 RAZORBILLS, four ICELAND GULLS and
four LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at
the Taylor Refuge along River Road three miles north of the
Tacony-Palmyra Bridge Jan. 4 and seen again Jan. 6.
Jan. 1 produced a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Island Beach SP and a few Snow
Buntings at Sandy Hook. High Counts of COMMON REDPOLLS include: 65+ at
Island Beach SP Jan. 1, and 15 at Tuckerton, Jan. 1. Between 3 and 30
were observed at Alpha, Holland, Phillipsburg, and Lopatcong, Dec. 31
to Jan. 5, while other reports came from Sandy Hook Jan. 1, and
Thompson Park, Jan. 3. Four PINE SISKINS frequented a feeder in
Sparta, Dec. 31 to Jan. 4, while three were present in Lake Stockholm,
Jan. 7 and a few at Thompson Park, Jan. 3.
A pelagic trip targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March
7 out of Cape May at a cost of $90. Contact Seas Life Paulagics for
more information at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report
birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species
goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ
08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.