Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/18/2010
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 18, 2010 with reports of WHITE-TAILED KITE, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The last report of the WHITE-TAILED KITE at Barnegat was on Nov 12.

Brigantine NWR reports this week included up to 5 TUNDRA SWANS, an AMERICAN BITTERN near the gull pond tower, a GOLDEN EAGLE, a late AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER along the north dike Nov 15, 5-6 AMERICAN AVOCETS seen along the south dike, and several SNOW BUNTINGS. Also in Atlantic County at Absecon Inlet Nov 11 were 32 MARBLED GODWITS, 250 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 75 WESTERN WILLETS.

An adult LITTLE GULL was observed in a BONAPARTE?S GULL flock on the Delaware River at Floodgates in Greenwich Twp, Gloucester County Nov 17.

A possible EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE was seen in Wall Twp. Nov 12. The bird was found along the bike path near the water plant just west of Hospital Rd; this is just south of the intersection of Hospital Rd and Rte 524.

North Shore reports this week were of a hen HARLEQUIN DUCK at Manasquan Inlet Nov 12, two COMMON EIDERS and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL off Phillips Ave Nov 13, a late SEMIPALMATED PLOVER at the Wreck Pond outfall Nov 12, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and COMMON EIDER at Shark River Inlet Nov 12, and 8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS at Manasquan Inlet Nov 15.

A probable ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen very briefly at Sandy Hook Nov 18 near the pine grove at the entrance to the Gunnison lot. Other Sandy Hook reports this week included 200 BONAPARTE?S GULLS off north beach and a calling NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL near the scout camp Nov 14, PECTORAL SANDPIPER at the false hook Nov 13, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at north pond and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at K-lot Nov 15. A latish BALTIMORE ORIOLE was at the scout camp Nov 12 and a late BARN SWALLOW was north beach Nov 18. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Glenhurst Meadows in Warren had 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS Nov 14-15 about 100 yards behind the parking lot. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 4 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, and several flyover AMERICAN PIPITS were noted there Nov 15.

Spruce Run Reservoir had 10 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 13. Seventeen LONG-TAILED DUCKS 100+ BUFFLEHEADS and 6 HORNED GREBES were noted Nov 16, and a late LEAST SANDPIPER lingered there Nov 16-17. A late SPOTTED SANDPIPER was found at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 13-17. Three CACKLING GEESE were observed at Assiscong Marsh Nov 12.

At the NJ Meadowlands 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a BARN OWL were hunting at dusk over Valley Brook Rd Nov 12. Forty AMERICAN PIPITS were detected at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Nov 13.

A COMMON REDPOLL was noted in Edison Nov 16.

Kittatinny Valley State Park hosted an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER in the fields north of Twin Lakes Nov 13. Five TUNDRA SWANS were noted at pond #8 at Hyper Humus Nov 16.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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