Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/14/2002

This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 14, 2002 with reports of HARRISS SPARROW, SAYS PHOEBE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, ROSSS GOOSE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and a pelagic trip announcement.

An adult basic HARRISS SPARROW was found in Big Brook Park in Marlboro Nov 10; amazingly a SAYS PHOEBE was there briefly the same day-no reports since but the sparrow remains through Nov 13. Other birds at the park this week included AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED and NASHVILLE WARBLERS, CLAY-COLORED SPARROWS, FOX SPARROWS and DICKCISSEL. Directions to Big Brook Park: from Rt. 79 north of Freehold, go east on Rt. 520 less than one-half mile; look for a sign for "Camp Arrowhead" on the right. Turn in here, park at the fork where both roads are gated and walk in the right fork. After 10-15 minutes walk the path makes its first T intersection, at a ruined barn foundation and a telephone pole with vines on it. Look for the Sparrow in the thickets and hedgerow behind the foundation. There is a lot of habitat and some searching may be needed (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continued this week at Great Swamp. Look for the bird on both sides of the ditch that is between the Heronry Parking lot and the end of Pleasant Plains Road. Early morning or late afternoon is best. An EASTERN SCREECH OWL has been seen in the Wood Duck box in the small pond that is reached by crossing the bridge at the Pleasant Plains gate. Other swamp birds were AMERICAN TREE and FOX SPARROWS and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Sandy Hook had an extremely late LEAST FLYCATCHER Nov 8; NELSONS SHARP-TAILED SPARROW at Plum Island, two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and a large flock of SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER off Parking Area C Nov 9. A fly-by WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen at Spermaceti Cove Nov 10 and two late BLACK-THROATED BLUE WARBLERS were there the same day. A second-winter LITTLE GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE were all seen from a fishing boat just off the hook Nov 10. A LARK SPARROW was at the entrance to Gunnison Beach Nov 14.

Hamilton Veterans Park hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Nov 10 and an ICELAND GULL Nov 9 (DeLorme P. 86, G9-10).

A ROSSS GOOSE was found in a large flock of SNOW GEESE near Quakertown, Hunterdon County. The flock was found along White Bridge Road off Rt. 579 (DeLorme P. 35, E-18).

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found on the beach at South Amboy Nov 8. Another LAPLAND LONGSPUR was among a large flock of HORNED LARKS and AMERICAN PIPITS at Alpha the same day.

Manahawkin WMA had a SHORT-EARED OWL Nov 9. A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was reported from Barnegat Light the same day along with SNOW BUNTING, AMERICAN PIPIT and HARLEQUIN DUCKS.

A Dec 7 pelagic trip is scheduled from Barnegat Inlet aboard the Doris Mae IV. Contact FONT at 302-529-1876 for details.

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 Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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