Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/9/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday January 9, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, HARRISS SPARROW, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, KING EIDERS, COMMON EIDERS, RAZORBILLS, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal, local reports of interest and a pelagic trip announcement.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues in Wildwood, seen from 26th, 19th , and 17th streets and five WHITE-FRONTED GEESE have been seen at the Rea Farm in Cape May- call the CMBO hotline for details.

A HARRISS SPARROW was well photographed at a backyard feeder in Middletown Jan 4- no reports since.

RAZORBILLS continue along the Monmouth County coast in numbers; up to ten were seen at Sandy Hook Jan 5. Best places to look are off the toll plaza parking, lot B & C, and North Beach. Other birds at Sandy Hook this week included a female HARLEQUIN DUCK in the huge SCOTER flock (SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER) off parking lot B Jan 5, one ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (on beach at B & C), an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at south pond, and 30 SNOW BUNTING and 20 HORNED LARK at North Beach. The female BARROWS GOLDENEYE was seen again in Horseshoe Cove Jan 5. Park at the small median lot north of the ranger station, walk north and take the service road on the left out to the bay.

1-8 RAZORBILLS were seen this week at the following locations along the North Shore: Pullman, Roosevelt, and Phillips Avenues in Deal, Avon, Shark River Inlet, Sea Girt, and Manasquan Inlet. Also present at Manasquan Inlet was a female COMMON EIDER. Probably the same eider was viewed off the beach in Sea Girt over the weekend- check the Brown Ave and Seaside Place jetties. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach opposite Passaic Ave in Spring Lake Jan 5. A female KING EIDER was reported from Shark River Inlet Jan 4.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Great Swamp NWR was seen again Jan 8 near the ditch on the south side of Pleasant Plains Road just before the closed bridge. Best time to look is late afternoon.

Barnegat Light had a RAZORBILL, 25 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Jan 4-5. At the opposite end of LBI, three COMMON EIDERS continue in the scoter flock off the Holgate parking lot.

Manahawkin WMA and Cedar Run Dock Road continue to host 4-6 SHORT-EARED OWLS. Other birds at Manahawkin included two BALD EAGLES, two SCREECH OWLS, a PALM WARBLER, and several FOX SPARROWS Jan 6.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen again along Oberly Road, Alpha Jan 5 with 30 HORNED LARKS.

A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar, NJ aboard the Suzie Girl Feb 1 for winter seabirds including FULMAR, WINTER GULLS, and ALCIDS. Contact http://www.paulagics.com or email info@paulagics.com or phone 215-234-6805 for more information. Cost is $95.

The Voice of New Jersey 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 Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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