This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Nov 14 with reports of Review List WOOD STORKS, SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD sp, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, TUFTED DUCK, AUDUBON'S WARBLER and reports of an influx of SNOWY OWLS, as well as local reports of LITTLE GULL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, a late BAIRD'S SANDPIPER and seasonal reports.
On Nov 8, a well described WOOD STORK flew over a house in South River, Middlesex County. Another (same?) WOOD STORK is at Bivalve, Cumberland County off Rte 553. In Bivalve, turn left on High St and look for Lalli's liquors and Miller Ave. Park here. The bird was down High Street at the end of the guard rail on the edge of the phragmites. This bird was seen Nov 13.
A SELASPHORUS HUMMINGBIRD is coming to the flowers at Audubon's Center for Research and Education in Goshen on Rte 47, best viewed from inside the building on the north side. There is a WESTERN KINGBIRD at Hidden Valley.
Several observers report that the BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Yards Creek Res, Warren County, may be a hybrid. The bird has been present since Oct 29. A possible female BARROW'S was also reported this week on Merrill Creek Res, which also had two BALD EAGLES, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS.
A female TUFTED DUCK was found on Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant Nov 12, best viewed from the 90 degree turn at the north end. A LITTLE GULL was at Manasquan Inlet Nov 11. Also Nov 11, there was a big GANNET flight (360-400 birds per hour in the morning) at Island Beach.
An AUDUBON'S WARBLER was seen Nov 12 at Maple Street, Dividing Creek, Cumberland County, a 10th of a mile past Franklin Av where the road bears left, with myrtles and other birds.
SNOWY OWLS this weekend were at Salem Nuke Plant; Nummy Island sitting in an Osprey nest; Strathmere at 30th St and Ocean Ave on a house; Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR, from the north dike; Island Beach, on Saturday close to the cul de sac parking lot inside the dunes, and on Sunday visible at the south end from the Barnegat Inlet side; and Sandy Hook, fishermen's trail, both days. Probably six birds in all.
A very late BAIRD'S SANDPIPER was on the partly drawn down shoreline of Lake Parsippany Nov 12 (healthy and capable of flight). Some 13 species of waterfowl were on the lake. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are in Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road near the closed bridge. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was at the west end of the lake in Lenape Park, Cranford, Union County, on Nov 11. Some 40 PIPITS were at Roxbury Pond, Succasunna off Atlantis Drive Nov 12. A flock of 22 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS fed on worms at Scherman Hoffman Nov 10.
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