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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/8/2004
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 http://www.paulagics.com

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.

 
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