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
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
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).
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