This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 12, 2009 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, PAINTED BUNTING, KING EIDER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
A female PAINTED BUNTING was found near the feeders at Huber Woods Environmental Center/Park in Locust, Monmouth County Nov 10-11. Look for the bird in the weedy patch near the bird feeders on the back side of the environmental center.
A PACIFIC LOON was reported again at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov 11, seen from the tower outlet. The BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen again at the reservoir Nov 9 and the Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch recorded a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE this week. RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED-NECKED GREBE were seen Nov 8 on Merrill Creek.
Sandy Hook sighting Nov 7-8 included 1-2 female KING EIDERS at the end of the fisherman's trail and 17 COMMON EIDERS, 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off C-lot, 2 HORNED GREBES at Horseshoe Cove, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the north end, 80+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at Spermaceti Cove, 2 NELSON'S SPARROWS at Horseshoe Cove, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR with a small flock of HORNED LARKS at North Beach Pavilion. The King and Common Eiders remained through Nov 10. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Barnegat Light State Park Nov 9 hosted 210 COMMON EIDERS, 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, all three scoters, and a RED-NECKED GREBE on the old 8th St jetty just south of the inlet; a first-winter ICELAND GULL was noted in the inlet, and 2 first-winter BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and 5 PARASITIC JAEGERS were migrants offshore. On Nov 10 four female KING EIDERS were noted in the 200+ COMMON EIDER flock there.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were found in a puddle near the school along Leed's Ave in Pleasantville, Atlantic County Nov 10.
Round Valley Reservoir Nov 6 hosted 2 CACKLING GEESE, 2 HORNED GREBES, GREAT CORMORANT, 53 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 424 CEDAR WAXWINGS, PINE WARBLER, and PALM WARBLER.
Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch reports this week included 4 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 188 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and 5 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 6.
In Sussex County, Hyper Humus hosted a CACKLING GOOSE and BRANT on pond #1 Nov 7; Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch recorded 9 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 6. Another GOLDEN EAGLE passed Sunrise Mtn Nov 8.
Glenhurst Meadows in Warren had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, a late NASHVILLE WARBLER, and 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS Nov 7.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue this week in Lenape Park in Cranford. To look for the birds park in the lot off Kenilworth Blvd and walk on the dike towards Westfield (away from Kenilworth); stop about ten feet past the first sign on the dike and look in the trees to the right.
Six CACKLING GEESE were still at Warinanco Park in Linden Nov 6.
An estimated 24 MONK PARAKEETS were found at Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia Nov 8.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the heronry overlook along Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR Nov 8.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 6 in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Dovekie, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com
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