This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tues Nov 18 with reports of
BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN, MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, CAVE SWALLOW, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL
and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, RED CROSSBILL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and seasonal and
local reports of interest.
The BROWN-CHESTED MARTIN, last seen Sat Nov 15 at and near the Pond
Creek Equestrian bldgs next to the Beanery, was in bad shape, and
was thought not to have survived the cold weather Sunday Nov 16.
The MACGILLIVRAY'S WARBLER continues in the tangle just beyond the
phragmites at the Beanery; it was seen at 11 a.m. Nov 17. The ASH-
THROATED FLYCATCHER was still being seen in the area of the Beanery
Nov 15. The WESTERN TANAGER was seen Nov 17 in the second field at
Higbee feeding on the porcelainberry with Orioles. One CAVE SWALLOW
continues to be seen in the farm field on Stevens Street where the
martin was. Both crossbills were seen over the weekend in the Cape
May area. A GOLDEN EAGLE was over the beanery Nov 17.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at Barnegat Inlet Nov 14. Four first year
ICELAND GULLS were in a large flock of first year HERRING GULLS on
the beach at Island Beach between the last parking lot and the
jetty on the unusually high tide Nov 15. GANNETS, both LOONS, and
SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were among the waterbird migrants there. A GOSHAWK
was at Manahawkin WMA Nov 14. An IMMATURE GOSHAWK was seen at Sandy
Hook Nov 17. Florence had numbers of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and
several ICELANDS this week. PINE SISKINS and FOX SPARROWS were
widely reported around the state this week. EVENING GROSBEAKS were
reported in Cape May during the week.
At Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS
continue near the Gazebo parking lot up at the closed bridge; the
pond nearby on Nov 16 had CANVASBACK, HOODED MERGANSER, RUDDY DUCK,
and GADWALL. Waterfowl numbers in the Hackensack Meadowlands Env
Center Nov 16 included 175 RUDDY DUCKS, 30 HOODED MERGANSERS and
smaller numbers of GADWALL, BUFFLEHEAD and BLACK DUCKS. An unusual
inland occurrence at this date was an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON in
Chubb Park in Chester Nov 11 and 12.
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