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
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 email@example.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.