Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/15/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 15, 2012 with reports of LEACH'S STORM-PETREL, NORTHERN LAPWING, RED PHALAROPE, SOOTY TERN, POMARINE JAEGER, CAVE SWALLOW, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, EVENING GROSBEAK, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A NORTHERN LAPWING was photographed at the Mercer Corporate Park just north of Allentown near the Monmouth/Mercer County border Nov 8; no reports since.

Taylor's Refuge in Burlington County had 3 LEACH'S STORM-PETRELS, RED PHALAROPE, SOOTY TERN, 4 ROYAL TERNS, 115 COMMON TERNS, and 2 POMARINE JAEGERS in the wake of Hurricane Sandy on Oct 30. Thirteen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted there Nov 6.

A BAND-RUMPED/LEACH'S type STORM-PETREL was viewed over the Delaware River at Palmyra Cove Nature Park Oct 31. A RUFOUS/ALLEN'S type HUMMINGBIRD visited the sage flowers in the median garden near the entrance to the park Nov 10-12. Also at Palmyra were ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS Nov 10.

A LEACH'S STORM-PETREL was found at Spruce Run Reservoir along with a POMARINE JAEGER and 6 RED PHALAROPES in the wake of Hurricane Sandy Oct 31. A CAVE SWALLOW was seen over the reservoir Nov 7.

Another LEACH'S/BAND-RUMPED type STORM-PETREL was seen off Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Oct 30. A PARASITIC JAEGER flew over a birder's house in Bayonne the same day. Three COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Ocean Terminal Nov 14.

Seven PARASITIC JAEGERS, 21 POMARINE JAEGERS, and 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were viewed in Raritan Bay from Port Monmouth Oct 30. Another flock of 13 POMARINE JAEGERS was over Manasquan Reservoir Oct 30.

A birder in Linwood, Atlantic County had 9 POMARINE JAEGERS and 5-6 PARASITIC JAEGERS during Hurricane Sandy Oct 29-30.

Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch had a banner day Nov 3 with 4 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 54 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 379 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 19 GOLDEN EAGLES (a new high count), RUFFED GROUSE, 28 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, 14 RED CROSSBILLS, 40 PINE SISKINS, and EVENING GROSBEAK. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was logged Nov 2 and smaller numbers of GOLDEN EAGLES and NORTHERN GOSHAWKS were recorded recently. A detailed site guide to hawk watching there can be read on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/fall-hawk-watching-at-raccoon-ridge

Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed had 8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, RED CROSSBILL, and COMMON REDPOLL Nov 10.

An adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was viewed along Sloatsburg Rd just south of Carletondale in Ringwood Nov 7.

Lake Tappan hosted 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and a RED CROSSBILL Nov 5.

Eight COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at the Allendale Celery Farm Nov 14.

DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst had an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN Oct 28 and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS Nov 11.

Loantaka Brook Reservation in Harding Twp hosted a LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER at Kitchell Lake Nov 10-11.


Round Valley Reservoir had a RED-NECKED GREBE and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS Nov 10. Also in Hunterdon County at Echo Hill Park were WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and RED CROSSBILL Nov 12 and 4 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 14.

Chimney Rock Hawk Watch reports included single GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 1, 2, & 4; three GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied Nov 14; NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 2, 82 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS Nov 3, small numbers of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, RED CROSSBILLS, and COMMON REDPOLLS this week and 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS Oct 28.

A NELSON'S SPARROW was detected at Finderne Wetlands Oct 28. A detailed site guide to Finderne Wetlands can be read on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/finderne-wetlands-site-guide

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at a retention pond at the corner of Birch Run & Keswick Dr in Piscataway Nov 3.

Twenty RED CROSSBILLS were found at Natco Park in Hazlet Nov 4.


Assunpink WMA had a storm-petrel species on the lake Oct 30 and 22 RED CROSSBILLS were feeding in the ornamental pines at the southwest corner of the main lake parking lot.

A SANDHILL CRANE was observed along Maxim Rd in Howell Twp Oct 28.

A LONG-EARED OWL was a surprise along Seven Bridges Road in Tuckerton Nov 11.

Salem County reports recently included 3 AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVERS at the DeLea (East Coast) Sod Farm Nov 1, up to 9 SANDHILL CRANES at Mannington Marsh Nov 11-14, a KING RAIL at Supawna Meadows Nov 6, a male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD along Sharptown-Auburn Road south of Featherbed Lane Nov 1, and 12 RED CROSSBILLS at Fort Mott State Park Nov 13.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many favored birding locations are currently closed to the public or have limited access. A partial list follows.

NJ Meadowlands/Dekorte Environment Center is closed.

Great Swamp NWR's Visitor Center and Wildlife Observation Center are closed; Pleasant Plains Road is open as are the Orange, Green, Silver, and Beige Trails.

Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area) is closed.

Forsythe NWR Brigantine and Holgate Units are closed. See http://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR for updates.

Many coastal and some inland State Parks are closed or have limited access, including Stokes State Forest, Island Beach State Park and Barnegat Light State Park; for updates see http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parks_open_close.html

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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