Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/9/2002
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday January 9 with reports of review list species TUFTED DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, VARIED THRUSH, Bell's Vireo, HENSLOW'S SPARROW and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRDS plus SANDHILL CRANE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, and a final Christmas Count result.

A male TUFTED DUCK was discovered last weekend in the Navesink River, and has been seen from the parking lot at the north end of the Oceanic Bridge north of Rumson, Monmouth County through Tuesday January 8. The bird is with a flock of waterfowl including principally GREATER SCAUP.

A male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was also found over the weekend, at Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook. The BARROW'S was seen most recently on January 8 at the south end of Horseshoe Cove, near the pilings, with best views from the end of the service road.

The Garret Mountain VARIED THRUSH continues but has changed locations and become somewhat elusive, with the last sighting on Tuesday January 8. Apparently all the sightings since Saturday have been in the area from the picnic area through the woods to the top of the hill and over to the big field with the basketball court. There have also been about eight COMMON REDPOLLS present in birches near the basketball court or sometimes, in the alders in the "wet area." Exit Interstate 80 at Squirrelwood Road (exit 56A). Go about .4 mi and bear right onto Rifle Camp Road. Park at the dirt pull-off where Rifle Camp Rd. meets Mountain Ave.

The Cape May BELL'S VIREO, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD and LARK SPARROW all continue through at least Saturday January 5. Call the Cape May Birding Hotline at 1 (609) 898-BIRD for directions and updates.

The Columbia RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues through Monday, January 7. Take Route 80 west 1 mile past Exit 4 (Columbia) and turn onto Hainesburg Rd. - just after the arched bridge. Two-tenths of a mile up Hainesburg Rd., turn left onto Spring Lane (a dirt road) and drive to the end. The house is directly in front of you at 3 Summer Lane: a tan house with brown shutters. The feeder is attached to a gutter on the shed behind the house, best approached from the left side. Please do not knock on the door but you may walk on the lawn to get a better view.

A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was discovered January 2 at the new Big Brook Preserve on Route 520 in Marlboro, Monmouth County. Take Route 520 west from Route 34, pass the Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital, and look for a sign on the left for Camp Arrowhead. Take the left and drive 200 yards to a road fork and park by the gate. Walk through the gate on the paved path for about mile. The path will turn right, then left, then right again. After the second right bend look for the bird in the field on the right.

About a dozen SANDHILL CRANES were seen flying and circling low over Bridgeton on Sunday January 6.

Quite a few WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported as flyovers this week, but a variety of semi-regular birds include the following: About 15 are sporadically found at the back trail at Kuser Bog in High Point State Park through January 6. Up to 20 continue at Lawrenceville School, on Rt. 206 north of the I-295 interchange in Lawrenceville. Park in the lot by the field house. These White-wingeds were last seen January 6, and were not found January 8 but still may be present. About 9 have been regular in the town of Teaneck in the vicinity of Sherman and Palmer Avenues feeding in large sweet gums through January 5. And finally, 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were along the Old Mine Road south of DePue on January 5.

The Monroe NORTHERN SHRIKE on Davis Road continues through January 5 but has been missed by many.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE is still present at Spruce Run on Van Syckles Road through January 6. Go west on Van Syckles from the main entrance to Spruce Run Recreation Area to the large gravel parking lot on the left with the Dog Training Area sign. Park there and walk to the first tree line and head east to the second field.

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE is near Walpack Center off Sussex County Route 615. Heading north on Route 615, pass the Walpack Inn on the right, then turn right and right again. About 1/8 of a mile past a cemetery, park and check the open fields. This spot has had shrikes several previous years.

The Ramsey CBC December 29 had a count record 88 species including MERLIN, 2 PEREGRINE FALCONS, 2 COMMON RAVENS and BLUE GRAY GNATCATCHER.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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