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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/18/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, November 18, 2004 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, BROWN PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, VIRGINIA RAIL, AMERICAN AVOCET, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, SELASPHORUS (SP.) HUMMINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, HORNED LARK, CAVE SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, a report of pelagic birding trips and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The state's major rarities are in Cape May this week with CAVE SWALLOWS continuing at Cape May Point SP with a high of 16 reported Nov. 15. An ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at a private feeder in the county and a SELASPHORUS (probable Rufous) HUMMINGBIRD was present in Bridgeton (Cumberland County) as of Nov. 16. An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was discovered Nov. 16 at the Cape May National Golf Course in Erma. For more details on these sightings please call the Cape May Birding Hotline.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 75+ SNOW BUNTINGS, AMERICAN PIPIT, HORNED LARKS, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW were present at Sandy Hook Nov. 14. PINE SISKINS were recorded there Nov. 11.

Forsythe (Brigantine) National Wildlife Refuge on Nov. 13 hosted two AMERICAN AVOCETS, 65 TUNDRA SWANS, AN AMERICAN BITTERN, a calling VIRGINIA RAIL, two SNOW BUNTINGS, and several WESTERN SANDPIPERS and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS. An EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered there and another at Shark River Estuary on the Shark River Hills side Nov. 17. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were present at Cedar Run Dock Road Nov. 13.

Two COMMON EIDERS and two HARLEQUIN DUCKS have returned to Barnegat Light SP along with a late BROWN PELICAN Nov. 17. The season's first RED-NECKED GREBE was present at Culver's Lake Nov. 16. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL continues at Lake Como as of Nov. 13, while 23 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied at Manaquan Inlet Nov. 13.

Two immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS remain at the Great Swamp NWR near the gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road Nov. 15 along with six RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Five NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and four GOLDEN EAGLES passed the Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch Nov. 13 as well as three more NORTHERN GOSHAWKS the next day.

Sea Life Paulagics is sponsoring a pelagic trip Saturday, December 4 out of Belmar leaving at 6:00 a.m. For more information visit their website http://www.paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.

Focus on Nature Tours is sponsoring a pelagic trip Sunday, December 5 out of Barnegat Light leaving at 7:00 a.m. For more information visit their website http://www.focusonnature.com or call 302-529-1876.

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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