Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/10/2005
This is Scott Barnes the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 10, 2005 with reports of FRIGATEBIRD SP., FRANKLIN'S GULL, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, CAVE SWALLOW, SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A female FRIGATEBIRD was photographed over Barnegat Light Nov 6 and presumably the same individual was reported at Holgate the same day. Also at Barnegat was a female HARLEQUIN DUCK.

Two different FRIGATEBIRDS were found over Raritan/Sandy Hook Bays Nov 9. The first, a bird with a white breast and head was seen from the municipal beach in Union Beach. Another all dark FRIGATEBIRD was spotted about an hour later from the end of First Ave in Atlantic Highlands.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was a flyover at the Cape May Hawkwatch Nov 6 and a FRIGATEBIRD was at Cape May Point Nov 7. Up to 135 CAVE SWALLOWS were found at the hawkwatch Nov 10 and a FRANKLIN'S GULL was found on the beach there Nov 8call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

Two CAVE SWALLOWS were found at Sandy Hook over the north pond area Nov 3-4 with another report Nov 6. A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was present in the same area Nov 4. Other Hook reports included an AMERICAN BITTERN at Spermaceti Cove Nov 6, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Spermaceti Cove Nov 9, a COMMON EIDER with all 3 scoters off C-lot Nov 9, 4 AMERICAN PIPITS Nov 5, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Spermaceti Cove Nov 5, 5 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at the salt pond Nov 6. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Verga, Gloucester County continues through at least Nov 8. The homeowner is willing to have birders visitplease be considerate and discreet when parking and viewing the bird. From Rte 295 south take exit 23. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076 Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is hanging from the roof of the porch. Also check the flowers in the yard for the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F-5).

A RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was found at a feeder in New Brunswick Nov 5-6; no reports since.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted at Carnegie Lake in Princeton Nov 6.

A very late CONNECTICUT WARBLER was detected at Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick Nov 5.

Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted an impressive 75+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Nov 4. At the Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch GOLDEN EAGLE and NORTHERN GOSHAWK were noted this week.

Raccoon Ridge had 4 GOLDEN EAGLES and 3 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS Nov 7.

At Island Beach State Park a NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed in the cedars just west of the entrance booth Nov 8.

Brigantine NWR Nov 4 hosted the AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, 15 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and LONG-EARED OWL. A ROSS'S GOOSE was detected there Nov 5. At nearby Brigantine Island Nov 6 were 52 MARBLED GODWITS. Take Rt. 30 east into Atlantic City and follow the signs for Brigantine Island. The birds were seen on the mudflats west of Atlantic-Brigantine Drive (Rte 87) shortly after crossing the Absecon Channel Bridge. There are two one-block long side streets on the western side of the road that offer the best viewing. The best times are a few hours before or after high tide. The birds are also sometimes found east of the bridge. To reach that location cross the bridge over Absecon Channel and go a half-mile to the first traffic light. Turn right and go one block to Lagoon Drive. Turn right on Lagoon and follow it until it ends at a sandy road. Park here and walk out to the beach (DeLorme P. 85, B-23 & 23).

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics is running an 8-hour pelagic Christmas Count out of Belmar NJ on Friday December 30. Targets are alcids, gulls, and other winter seabirds. Call 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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