Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/8/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday January 8, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, EARED GREBE, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, CBC results, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net

A GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was discovered Jan 1 and present since at a feeder in Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147 Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left-hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the left and back edges of the yard or under the feeders.

The BARNACLE GOOSE continued this week through Jan 6 in Califon, Hunterdon County. . Look for the bird at the "pond" section of the South Branch of the Raritan River opposite the Methodist Church in downtown Califon. Best times are early and late in the day; the bird has also been seen with CANADA GOOSE flocks feeding in fields along Rte. 513 at other times.

An EARED GREBE was viewed from the scuba diving parking lot at Round Valley Reservoir Jan 6 and may still be present.

An EARED GREBE was discovered in Barnegat Twp on the Barnegat CBC Jan 4 and seen as recently as Jan 6. To look for the bird take the Garden State Parkway to exit 67 and proceed east on Bay Ave (crossing Rte 9) to Barnegat Bay. Look for the bird from the Bay Avenue Pavilion overlooking the water (DeLorme P. 58, M-7).

A WESTERN GREBE was found in Barnegat Bay off the end of 8th St. in Barnegat Light Jan 8. The bird was loosely associating with a flock of HORNED GREBES.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was discovered Jan 6 near Newton. The bird was among a large mixed-goose flock at the Lentini Corn Maze south of Newton Memorial Hospital on the west side of Rte 94. A GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE was found in the same flock along with two hybrid white- fronted X Canada-type geese Jan 8. Also in Sussex County was a WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILL at Kuser Bog in High Point State Park Jan 5 and 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found with a flock of HORNED LARKS and SNOW BUNTINGS on Liberty Rd in Wantage Twp Jan 2. Wallkill River NWR hosted 10 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 50+ AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and 8 LAPLAND LONGSPURS Jan 2.

Two flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS totaling 60 birds were detected along Clinton Rd in the Pequannock Watershed Jan 6. The flocks were between Clinton Reservoir and the P4 parking lot.

Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest had 11 flocks of PINE SISKINS totaling an impressive 1,027 birds Jan 3. Also in Warren County was a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Oberly Rd in Alpha Jan 2.

Sightings at the NJ Meadowlands this week included a female LONG- TAILED DUCK at DeKorte Jan 1, 7 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS Jan 2, SNOWY OWL through Jan 4, 2 PALM WARBLERS and a COMMON YELLOWTHROAT at Mill Creek Marsh Jan 4, and the COMMON TEAL (EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL) at Dekorte Jan 6. A COMMON MOORHEN continues through Jan 2 at Kearny Marsh West.

A SNOWY OWL was seen again at the Bayonne Golf Club Jan 5 & 7. Also nearby were 400 CANVASBACKS on Newark Bay Jan 5. A SNOWY OWL was also viewed at Liberty State Park Jan 5.

A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was photographed at Potash Lake in Oakland, Bergen Co. Jan 3. Access is from West Oakland Ave near Riverside Drive.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was gleaned from a large Snow Goose flock at the boat rental area north of the Spruce Run Reservoir dam Jan 5. A first- winter GLAUCOUS GULL was found at Spruce Run Jan 1 and an ICELAND GULL was there Jan 4. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found in a field south of Van Syckles Rd between the state park entrance and Henderson Hill Rd Jan 4-5. The bird was also seen on the north side of the road in another field Jan 4. A BARNACLE GOOSE was found on Spruce Run Reservoir Jan 4. Also in Hunterdon County was a flyover flock of 17 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Thatcher's Hill in Flemington Jan 6 and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES on Round Valley Reservoir.

Great Swamp NWR continues to host a wintering adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in the trees northwest of the heron rookery overlook and a NORTHERN SHRIKE in the fields just south of the overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd Jan 3. "Several" SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted from the heronry overlook Jan 6. Also there this week were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS.

A large flock of PINE SISKINS have been frequenting the feeders at NJAS's Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville this week.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were found in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Jan 4-8. The birds have been in a field south of Weston Rd and east of Mettler Rd; safest viewing is from the vacant office building parking lot across from the Huntington Life Sciences building. The cranes have also been seen in a corn stubble field west of Randolph Rd half way between Weston Canal and School House Roads on Jan 6 & 7.

An ICELAND GULL was noted at Donaldson Park in Highland Park Jan 5.

Mercer County Park Northwest (pole farm) had 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SHORT-EARED OWL Jan 2. At Lake Mercer in Mercer County Park 6 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found on Jan 4. A CACKLING GOOSE was there Jan 2.

A first-winter ICELAND GULL and a first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL were noted on the Delaware River about 1 mile upstream of Florence at Roebling Jan 3.

A belated report was received of 8 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE among a large CANADA GOOSE flock along Crosswicks-Hamilton Square Rd between Yardville-Allentown Rd & Rte 130 in Hamilton Twp Dec 29.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen hunting at a bird feeder Jan 5 in a Monroe Twp backyard.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen on Lake Assunpink Jan 5. Three CACKLING GEESE were in a field along Perrineville Rd (Rte 524) Jan 5.

Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in a Canada Goose flock along Rte 537 just east of the intersection with Rte 34 in Colts Neck Jan 5.

Sandy Hook sightings this week were of the continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS at Plum Island through Jan 4, a RAZORBILL off B-lot Jan 5, and a surprising LARK SPARROW at the right salt pond at the end of the fisherman's trail Jan 5. Also reported that day was a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 DOVEKIES off Officer's Row north of SHBO. Other birds noted at the hook this week were 2 GREAT CORMORANTS, MERLIN, 43 HORNED LARKS, 3 TREE SWALLOWS, FOX SPARROW, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Along the North Shore the drake EURASIAN WIGEON was relocated at Shark River Estuary this week, seen from both the end of Marconi Rd and from the little municipal park at the northeast corner of the estuary. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen Jan 2 at Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan and a small flock of COMMON REDPOLLS appeared in the dunes adjacent to Shark River Inlet Jan 7. At Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch a female COMMON EIDER and a RED-NECKED GREBE were noted Jan 4. Another RED-NECKED GREBE was off Sea Bright Jan 4. Four RAZORBILLS were seen off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Jan 5 and a RED- NECKED GREBE was there Jan 3. An adult ICELAND GULL was on the Allenhurst jetties Jan 3 and a COMMON EIDER was off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal the same day. For more information on birding these areas see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

A SNOWY OWL was seen again at the southern end of Island Beach State Park Jan 4.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen again near the end of Cedar Run Dock Rd Jan 5. It was also viewed among the Canada Goose/Mallard flock where the creek comes close to the south side of the road the same day.

Highlights on the Pelagic CBC from Belmar Jan 2 included 2 BLACK- LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 5 large alcid sp., 26 RAZORBILLS, and 75 DOVEKIES.

The Long Branch CBC Jan 3 tallied 124 species +2 count-week birds including a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at the Wall municipal complex, 3 CACKLING GEESE, EURASIAN WIGEON, 5 REDHEADS in Monmouth Beach, RED- SHOULDERED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, GLAUCOUS GULL, LONG-EARED OWL, ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER at Stevenson Park in Middletown, 2 VESPER SPARROWS (one at Dorbrook Park), RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and count-first BOAT-TAILED GRACKLES.

The Barnegat CBC Jan 4 tallied 136 species including count-week GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, EARED GREBE, REDHEADS at Sunset Park in Harvey Cedars, 6 KING EIDERS (3 off the Holgate Parking lot & 3 off Jeffries Ave in Beach Haven), RED-NECKED GREBE in Barnegat Inlet, AMERICAN BITTERN, GOLDEN EAGLE, 8+ ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, an ICELAND GULL in Harvey Cedars, RAZORBILL at Barnegat Inlet, LONG-EARED OWL, 12 SHORT-EARED OWLS (Manahawkin & Cedar Run Dock Rd), RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EASTERN PHOEBE, a COMMON RAVEN in Parkertown (1st record since 1931) 2 SEDGE WRENS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Manahawkin WMA, 2 PALM WARBLERS, 40+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 2 female WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the pines adjacent to the Barnegat Lighthouse, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS at Manahawkin WMA..


A Pelagic CBC from Belmar is scheduled for February 8, 2009 in search of Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake and other "good" gulls. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

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