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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/12/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Friday, November 12, 2004 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, REDHEAD, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, COMMON MOORHEN, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, BARN OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, HORNED LARK, CAVE SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Sandy Hook's renowned rarity finder Tom Boyle did his thing with the discovery of a HENSLOW'S SPARROW November 9 at the west end of the field between the Howard Marine Lab and the Gunnison Beach parking lot. The bird was still present on Nov. 10, but has not been located since. Other "Hook" birds this week include two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and a COMMON MOORHEN November 7, while a flock of 50 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov. 7 increased to 90 Nov. 11 along the Fisherman's Trail at the north end of Sandy Hook. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted there Nov. 7 and 11, along with two HORNED LARKS and an AMERICAN PIPIT Nov. 11.

Four GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch Nov. 5 with singles noted there all week. Five were recorded at the Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch Nov. 9 as well as another at Cold Brook Preserve in Oldwick on Nov. 10. Four NORTHERN GOSHAWKS passed the Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch Nov. 9 while a single bird was present at Scott's Mountain Nov. 10. Cold Brook Preserve was also home to a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW Nov. 10.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR featured two AMERICAN AVOCETS Nov. 6 & 7 and 20,000+ DUNLIN, 1,000+ BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS along with over 500 YELLOWLEGS and several WESTERN SANDPIPERS and Long-billed DOWITCHERS Nov. 7. A REDHEAD was discovered at Lake Assunpink Nov. 5 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Lake Como Nov. 11.

Up to six CAVE SWALLOWS have been present at Cape May Point SP this week, while a WHITE-FACED IBIS was present at the South Cape May Meadows (Migratory Bird Preserver) Nov. 8 & 9.

A BARN OWL was seen before dawn at Liberty State Park Nov. 10. As many a five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Great Swamp NWR where the birds are to be looked for from the gazebo and near the Friends of the Great Swamp office.

PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCHES and FOX SPARROWS have been widely reported this week.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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