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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 17, 2011 with reports of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was photographed at Sandy Hook Nov 13. The bird was found in thickets near the salt pond to the left of the end of the fisherman's trail. Other birds noted at the hook this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE in Horseshoe Cove Nov 13, a late CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at K-lot Nov 14, all three scoters off the Visitor's Center, and 25 HORNED LARKS and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS off north beach Nov 14. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A female SNOWY OWL was found at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov 10-16. The bird moves around, but has often been seen along the downstream (southern) side of the main dam; park in the overlook lot and walk to the main dam. The second spot is to the east in dead timber along the water's edge; when here the owl may be visible from the hawk watch. Other Warren County reports were 150 HORNED LARKS, 20 AMERICAN PIPITS, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and 3 SNOW BUNTINGS at Oberly Rd, Alpha Grasslands Nov 9 and a Lapland Longspur there Nov 16. Raccoon Ridge had a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 11 and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 12. A CATTLE EGRET was seen on South Main Street in Stewartsville Nov 15-16.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was present at Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 10-16.
A female EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered at Darlington Lake in Mahwah, Bergen County Nov 12-14.
A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Nov 15.
Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop/Oil City Rd area hosted a NORTHERN SHRIKE and 24 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 13.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was detected at the Bayonne Golf Club Nov 12.
Sightings from Great Swamp NWR this week were of a flock of 400 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS along Pleasant Plains Rd Nov 13 and 2 FOX SPARROWS.
Troy Meadows hosted 55 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, 3 FOX SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCH Nov 13.
A CACKLING GOOSE was gleaned from the CANADA GOOSE flock on Lake Etra near Hightstown Nov 13.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had 20 TUNDRA SWANS and HUDSONIAN GODWIT Nov 12-13. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was seen along the south dike Nov 17.
An AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Nov 12.
Three YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were found in a huge flock of blackbirds going to roost at Mannington Marsh Nov 15.
Birders aboard a research vessel Nov 9-10 in the Hudson Canyon and waters off south jersey found 200 GREAT SHEARWATERS, CORY'S SHEARWATER, 19 MANX SHEARWATERS, SOUTH POLAR SKUA, 150 RED PHALAROPES, PARASITIC JAEGER, 2-4 POMARINE JAEGERS, numbers of BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, ATLANTIC PUFFIN and RAZORBILL.
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