Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 1/9/2008
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 Jan 3.

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 Jan 6.

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 TUNDRA SWANS.

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.

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