This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Jan 9, 2008 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BARNACLE GOOSE, EARED
GREBE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING,
seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations mentioned in
the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New
Jersey" available at NJ Audubon center bookstores.
Two basic-plumaged EARED GREBES were discovered at Sandy Hook in
Horseshoe Cove Jan 7. From the Sandy Hook Ranger Station drive north
along the main road and park in the median lot opposite the south
maintenance area (there is a missile with a fence around it there)
and walk north. Take the gated service road west to the bay and look
here. A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found at campsite # 2 in the scout camp
Jan 6 among the AMERICAN ROBIN and CEDAR WAXWING flock. On Jan 7 the
BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found near the parking lot for the Marine Labs
just northeast of SHBO. The hook continues to host the TOWNSEND'S
SOLITAIRE as recently as Jan 8: look for the bird north of scout camp
at the east end of Randolph Drive or along the "road to nowhere." The
female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found in Sandy Hook Bay near the Nike
missile south of SHBO Jan 5. An immature male and 2 female KING
EIDERS were among 11 COMMON EIDERS off parking areas C & B Jan 5-7.
Other birds of interest reported at Sandy Hook this week included 3
REDHEADS in the scaup flock at Spermaceti Cove Jan 6-8, a RED-NECKED
GREBE off North Beach Jan 6, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the
Spermaceti Cove boardwalk Jan 7. A free, detailed birding map of
Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the bird sightings log there
for daily reports.
Thompson Park in Lincroft hosted a continuing WESTERN KINGBIRD
through Jan 8. From the parking lot at Marlu Lake walk over the dam
and head left through the fields to a white farmhouse. Look for the
kingbird in the meadows past the farmhouse and to the white barn.
Also there was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Jan 6 and a NORTHERN SHRIKE
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at Huber Woods Park in Locust Jan 7.
Three REDHEADS were found at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch Jan 4-6.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was detected in the multiflora rose thicket at
the second lake (west) Jan 5.
At Barnegat Light State Park 50+ COMMON EIDERS, 25 HARLEQUIN DUCKS,
and a DOVEKIE were noted. The Dovekie was viewed in the inlet as it
rode the tide back out to sea. On the opposite side of the inlet at
Island Beach State Park a Brown Pelican was observed and across the
bay, a SHORT-EARED OWL was observed at the Barnegat Twp. Dock, all
A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been present at Whitesbog in Ocean County Jan
3-8. The bird has been viewed on a cross-dike about a mile east of
the village in the Ocean County section of the bog. Also there were 8
Two NORTHERN SHRIKES were detected at Franklin Parker Preserve near
Chatsworth Jan 5. Also in Burlington County was a SHORT-EARED OWL at
Amassa Landing (Bass River Marshes, DeLorme P. 65, J-19) the same
day. An EVENING GROSBEAK visited a feeder in Chatsworth Jan 5.
A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Hamilton Park (near Trenton) Jan 7. A
GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted in the soccer fields along
Washington St in Princeton Jan 8.
The BARNACLE GOOSE in Califon continued through Jan 6. Look for the
bird across from the Methodist church in Califon or among CANADA
GOOSE flocks along Rte 513 (DeLorme P. 29, J-24).
Wallkill River NWR hosted 3+ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS
this week along Oil City Rd. In nearby Wantage Twp a flock of 25
COMMON REDPOLLS were feeding on gray birch catkins near the
intersection of Wolf Pit and Black Dirt Rds Jan 7. Also in Sussex
County the NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Flatbrook-Roy WMA south of
Layton. Look for the bird in the fields near the intersection of Rtes
615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, J-9) Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was detected
Jan 7 just northeast of Beemerville on Lusscroft Rd by the field that
goes up to the back of the cemetery.
Great Swamp NWR this week hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN and a NORTHERN
SHRIKE at the WOC Memorial Blind Jan 5, and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
along Pleasant Plains Rd the same day. At the closed bridge along
Pleasant Plains Rd 3+ RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in the stands
of dead trees to the north. At nearby Lord Stirling Park a GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found in the fields near the intersection of
South Maple Ave and Lord Stirling Rd Jan6- 7.
At the "Pole Farm" aka Mercer County Park Northwest 5-6 SHORT-EARED
OWLS were observed this week off Federal City Rd.
Highlights of the Pelagic CBC from Belmar Jan 4 included 750+
NORTHERN GANNETS, an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL off the base of Sandy
Hook, 5 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 5 RAZORBILLS (including one just
offshore of Asbury Park Convention Hall) and 5 Alcid sp.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.