Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/15/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 15, 2007 with reports of CAVE SWALLOW, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A CAVE SWALLOW was seen at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 8 and a ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK was there Nov 11. Also in Hunterdon County this week were CACKLING GOOSE and 23 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Assiscong Marsh Nov 8-11; a BLACK SCOTER at Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 8 and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS there Nov 11.

Sightings from Brigantine NWR this week were 12+ TUNDRA SWANS, 2 CATTLE EGRETS, 20 MARBLED GODWITS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, a NORTHERN SHRIKE on the north dike, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS.

Franklin Parker Preserve in Burlington County had a NORTHERN SHRIKE Nov 10-11. Also there were PECTORAL SANDPIPER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. From Rtes 563 and 532 in Chatsworth take Rte 532 west towards Tabernacle/Medford. In a short distance you will see a large lake on your right and the road bends sharply right; immediately turn left on to a dirt road. Park along the road, walk past the two gates back in to the old cranberry bogs. The Northern Shrike was active nearer to several reservoirs in the back sections of the bogs.

A *probable* adult TRUMPETER SWAN was seen in the Ocean County section of Whitesbog Nov 14. The bird was with TUNDRA SWANS in the reservoir furthest away from the historic village.

Island Beach State Park had 30+ WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 30+ SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 10.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included up to 4 COMMON EIDERS between the end of the fisherman's trail and north beach pavilion; a WESTERN KINGBIRD near north pond, a late INDIGO BUNTING at Spermaceti Cove, 100+ SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at north beach, 9 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a late Baltimore Oriole at G-lot, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS and 16 Pine Siskins near north pond, all Nov 13. Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were flyovers Nov 9. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

Two WESTERN KINGBIRDS discovered at Thompson Park in Lincroft Nov 11 remain through Nov 14. Look for the birds along the gravel road to Marlu Lake on the north side and the brushy field on the east side of the lake. They have also been viewed in the large trees adjacent to the craft center before you hit the gravel road to the lake.

At nearby Big Brook Park in Marlboro an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were detected Nov 13.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Mercer County Park NW off Federal City Rd Nov 8.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues to reside at Great Swamp NWR this week. It is most reliable from the gate on the east side of Pleasant Plains Rd between the heronry overlook lot and the closed bridge; most often seen in the flood-killed timber. Also at the swamp Nov 12 were 200 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

Warren Green Acres (Glenhurst Meadows) had 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS (2 juveniles, 1 adult, & 1 un-aged) Nov 14. The birds were found along the Passaic River at the north end of the site. Also at the park this week was a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO and VESPER SPARROW Nov 9.

Highlights from Raccoon Ridge this week included 5 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 11; RED CROSSBILLS were noted as flyovers on two different days this week.

Celery Farm birds this week included 30+ PINE SISKINS and 20+ PURPLE FINCHES.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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