This is the belated voice of NJ Audubon for Friday, November 16 at
10:00 a.m. with reports of review list species CALIFORNIA GULL,
THAYER'S GULL, and CAVE SWALLOW, plus ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS, SNOWY OWLS, and other seasonal and local reports
A CALIFORNIA GULL was reported at Florence on Saturday November 10.
The bird was not refound on Tuesday November 13, but huge numbers of
gulls were present that day including a juvenile (first-winter)
THAYER'S GULL, an apparent second-winter THAYER'S GULL, 6 or 7 young
ICELAND GULLS, 1 GLAUCOUS GULL, and many LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS.
A CAVE SWALLOW was found in Cape May on November 9. Other birds in
Cape May this week included RED CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, and COMMON
A RAZORBILL passed the Avalon Sea Watch on Thursday, November 15.
A SNOWY OWL was discovered at Island Beach State Park on Monday,
November 12, perched on a dune fence post about 2/10 of a mile north
of Barnegat Inlet. Another or the same SNOWY OWL was on Gulf Point,
the northeastern point of Barnegat National Wildlife Refuge, on
Thursday November 8.
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were reported at several locations this week.
In addition to the birds at Cape May, 12 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were at
Ringwood Manor November 10-11, and others were at Bayberry Beach at
Sandy Hook on November 10 and along Bellevue Road in Phillipsburg on
An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was on the West Trail at Lenape
Park in Cranford on November 13.
A waterfowl survey at Great Swamp NWR on November 8 found over 600
WOOD DUCKS plus small numbers of AMERICAN COOT, NORTHERN PINTAIL, and
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and single AMERICAN BITTERN and GREAT EGRET.
Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in Bernardsville on November 16 had PINE
SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH, and 3 FOX SPARROWS at the feeders.
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