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
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.