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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/16/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, November 16, 2006 with reports of TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, EARED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SWAINSON'S HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, WESTERN SANDPIPER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, SEDGE WREN, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was identified at exit 13 of the Garden State Parkway Nov. 14, while a probable returning EARED GREBE was tallied at Lake's Bay in Atlantic City Nov. 14. Manahawkin is an excellent location to look for SEDGE WREN with one present along Stafford Avenue Nov. 12.

The Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth in Burlington County produced a NORTHERN SHRIKE Nov. 12 and 15. Take Route 563 south from Chatsworth to the first bogs on the right and park at the gate. Walk in here to the two bogs in back section behind the reservoir. These bogs have standing dead cedar trees as a landmark. This area is where the bird is being seen along with American Bittern, Tundra Swan and Yellow-bellied Sapsucker.

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was present along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR as of Nov. 12. The bird often frequents the ditch on the other side of the road from the gazebo overlook parking lot and before you reach the pond at the cul-de-sac. It has also been encountered near the Friend's building.

A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was discovered flying over the Boy Scout Camp near Guardian Park on Sandy Hook, Nov. 16, while a PARASITIC JAEGER was present from the North Beach Pavilion Nov. 9, a late YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO Nov. 11 at the Gunnison Lot and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD near the Auditorium Nov. 12. Sandy Hook Nov. 11 produced two REDHEADS and a WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER at the salt ponds at the north end as well as five HORNED LARKS, an "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, an AMERICAN PIPIT and 35 SNOW BUNTINGS. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present along Stone Road in Union Beach Nov. 11.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted 215 TUNDRA SWANS, an AMERICAN BITTERN, six WESTERN SANDPIPERS, a PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 20+ LONG- BILLED DOWITCHERS and a HORNED LARK Nov. 11; a EURASIAN WIGEON, Nov. 10; a REDHEAD, Nov. 14; a calling SHORT-EARED OWL Nov. 14 and 15; a calling SAW-WHET OWL Nov. 15; and two RED-NECKED GREBES Nov. 16.

Brigantine Beach on Brigantine Island at the corner of 11th St. South and Ocean Avenue hosted three COMMON EIDERS and a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov. 15. A probable RAZORBILL was observed flying off Island Beach State Park Nov. 11.

Interesting was a report of an AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN flying over the Allendale Celery Farm Nov. 11 while three AMERICAN PIPITS were tallied there Nov. 10. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered at Rahway River Park on St. Georges Avenue in the grove to the left of the Children's playground Nov. 16 and a PURPLE FINCH was tallied at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuaries in Bernardsville Nov. 10.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was discovered at the Sussex County landfill Nov. 15, while 4 GOLDEN EAGLES were observed from the Raccoon Ridge hawkwatch Nov. 9.

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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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