This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Nov 18 with reports of an
unprecedented invasion of FRANKLIN'S GULLS, an ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER,
HARLEQUINS, SEDGE WREN, HENSLOW'S SPARROW, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
KITTIWAKE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER and seasonal and
An unprecedented invasion of FRANKLIN'S GULLS into Cape May
County took place Nov 14, with some 25+ flybys at the Avalon Sea
Watch, and 10+ more scattered around the peninsula. [At least 13
more passed the Sea Watch on Nov 15. Outside of Cape May
County, Four FRANKLIN'S GULLS were found at South Amboy Yacht
Club Nov 15, and two were still there Monday. One was at
Manasquan Inlet Monday. Another was at Spruce Run Reservoir
inland, see below. And one was at Palmyra Nov 14, reported to
the PA hotline.]
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at Higbee Beach on Nov 13
[and one was seen at Hidden Valley Ranch, nearby, all day Nov.
17.] At South Cape May Meadows Nov 15, there were VIRGINIA and
SORA RAILS, AMERICAN BITTERN, SEDGE WREN, LONG-EARED and
SHORT-EARED OWLS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. The Avalon Sea
Watch Nov 16 had 1200 RED-THROATED LOONS, 1 RED-NECKED GREBE, 1
HARLEQUIN, 1 PARASITIC JAEGER and 1 KITTIWAKE.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road was
glimpsed briefly between the speed bumps by the old headquarters
Nov 16, and promptly disappeared. An EURASIAN WIGEON was at the
Lincoln Park Bathing Beach side of the Gravel Pits Nov 15.
An adult male COMMON EIDER and 6 HARLEQUINS were on the Island
Beach jetty Nov 14. A HENSLOW'S SPARROW was belatedly reported
from the Hack. Meadowlands Commission parking lot in Lyndhurst
near the small maintenance building Nov 7.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL and a KITTIWAKE were on the beach in Long
Branch on Ocean Ave behind the Seaview apartments Nov 17.
At Spuce Run Reservoir, a HUDSONIAN GODWIT was present Nov 12-15
at the flats on the corner of Van Syckel and Rte 31. Also at
Spruce Run was an adult FRANKLIN'S GULL among ringbills Nov 16 at
11 a.m., not seen later in the day. Some 140 SNOW BUNTINGS were
there Nov 16, along Van Syckel Road. HORNED LARK and AMERICAN
PIPIT were also there during the week.
Culvers Lake had a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov 14. Sandy Hook Nov 14 had
150 SNOW BUNTING, 5 HORNED LARK and one AMERICAN BITTERN. TUNDRA SWANS
returned to Whitesbogs Nov 14. As of the week of Nov 15, the GOLDEN
EAGLE tally at the ridges was as follows: Wildcat-11; Picatinny-22;
Stateline-1; Chimney Rock-14.
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