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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/19/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 20, 2003 with reports of "ALLEN'S-TYPE" HUMMINGBIRD, LE CONTE'S SPARROW, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, KING EIDER, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

An "ALLEN'S-TYPE" HUMMINGBIRD, CAVE SWALLOW, LECONTE'S SPARROW, and BREWER'S BLACKBIRD were seen in Cape May this weekcall the CMBO Hotline for details.

The AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS remained at Brigantine NWR through Nov 14; not seen since. Up to 200 TUNDRA SWANS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and GOLDEN EAGLE were noted there over the weekend.

Three MARBLED GODWITS were viewed from the end of Great Bay Blvd, Tuckerton Nov 15.

Two HARLEQUIN DUCKS returned to Barnegat Light State Park Nov 16. Also there were BROWN PELICAN, 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

Island Beach State Park Nov 14-15 had BROWN PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 20 SNOW BUNTINGS, and PINE SISKIN.

A SANDHILL CRANE was found along Bay Avenue in Manahawkin Nov 18 (DeLorme P.59, C-19).

Sandy Hook birds this week included a second-winter LITTLE GULL off North Beach, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS over Gunnison, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK over North Pond Nov 15. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS and 150 SNOW BUNTINGS were in the dunes east of (to the right) the Salt Pond Nov 16 and a SORA was heard at North Pond that day. Other migrants at the Hook this week included AMERICAN PIPITS, 20+ AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, 6 FOX SPARROWS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN.

Two KING EIDERS were found at Global Terminal in Bayonne Nov 16.

Warren County reports this week included GOLDEN EAGLE and NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Merrill Creek Hawkwatch Nov 14; 6 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were on the reservoir Nov 16. Nearby Oberly Road, Alpha had 2-6 LAPLAND LONGSPURS this week, 100+ HORNED LARKS, and numbers of AMERICAN PIPITS.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was noted at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch Nov 14 and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were found on Round Valley Reservoir last week.

Sightings from the Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail this week included 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

An immature ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were noted at the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15.

Raccoon Ridge highlights Nov 13-15 were grand totals of 33 GOLDEN EAGLES (!), 13 BALD EAGLES, 14 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 468 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Also there were 30 Snow Buntings and Common Raven.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics is running a trip from Belmar Dec 13 for winter seabirds from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cost $95. For more information call 215-234-6805 or visit http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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