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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 11, 2010 with reports of WHITE-TAILED KITE, REDHEAD, EVENING GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The WHITE-TAILED KITE continues through Nov 11 in Barnegat Twp. in Ocean County. The bird is often visible on a distant island in Barnegat Bay, viewed from the public boat launch on Bayshore Dr. Look to the east/southeast. The kite sometimes flies to the impoundment on the west side of the road, where it hunts or perches in trees, often early or late in the day. The impoundment is best checked from the public beach on Bayshore Dr. Three AMERICAN AVOCETS were present on the beach at the Marina Nov 5 (DeLorme P. 58, L-7).
Reports from Brigantine NWR this week included 10 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 AMERICAN AVOCETS, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, and 12 SNOW BUNTINGS.
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted along the river trail at Palmyra Cove Nov 10.
Sandy Hook sightings this week were of 2 calling NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS near the scout camp on the night of Nov 10; 30 SNOW BUNTINGS at B-lot, 40+ PINE SISKINS, and a COMMON REDPOLL Nov 11. Six late COMMON TERNS were off North Beach Nov 5 and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted around the north end this week. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Glenhurst Meadows Nov 6 along with AMERICAN PIPIT, 2 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN on Nov 11. Also in Somerset County was a probable YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD in a huge blackbird flock at a cornfield in Liberty Corner Nov 6.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch had a high of 3 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS Nov 7; others were noted there this week as well; 7 GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied Nov 8 and 4 GOLDEN EAGLES were noted Nov 6.
Merrill Creek Reservoir this week had 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 60 BLACK SCOTERS, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, 30+ SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 6, a late SPOTTED SANDPIPER Nov 9-10, and a RED-THROATED LOON and 8 FOX SPARROWS Nov 10. Scott?s Mountain Hawk Watch had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 6.
Sussex County birds noted this week included an EVENING GROSBEAK at a feeder in Hampton Twp Nov 9; Culver?s Lake hosted a RED-THROATED LOON Nov 9-11 along with SURF SCOTER, a drake REDHEAD visible from behind the vegetable stand on Rte 206, and a PECTORAL SANDPIPER Nov 11; 35 BLACK SCOTERS were at Hendershot?s Point on Swartswood Lake Nov 6, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES were over Sunrise Mountain Nov 7.
A BARN OWL flew over Rte 3 near Giants Stadium Nov 10.
Halifax Rd in Mahwah had a late BLACKPOLL WARBLER Nov 7-8 and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Nov 8.
A pelagic is scheduled for Saturday, December 4 out of Belmar, NJ for winter seabirds including Razorbill, Dovekie, Kittiwake, and more. The cost is $175. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or go to their web site at http://www.paulagics.com
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