This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 19, 2009 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, PAINTED BUNTING, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
A WESTERN GREBE was present at South Amboy Waterfront Park Nov 15-17. This is the fifth year this species has been found in western Raritan Bay. For more information on birding this park see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
The "green" PAINTED BUNTING continued at Huber Woods Environmental Center through Nov 15; the bird was seen near the bird feeders.
Sandy Hook reports Nov 15-17 included up to 12 COMMON EIDERS near the False Hook, 5 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off C-lot, 400 NORTHERN GANNETS, AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, 11 WINTER WRENS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS near North Pond and another Orange-crowned Warbler at J-lot, a late INDIGO BUNTING Nov 17, and FOX SPARROW. Twenty HORNED LARKS, 3 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were noted south of North Beach pavilion Nov 15. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet hosted 200+ COMMON EIDERS, all 3 Scoter species, 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 8 species of shorebirds including PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and IPSWICH SPARROW Nov 16. At nearby Manahawkin WMA an AMERICAN BITTERN was noted the same day.
Brigantine NWR Nov 15 had thousands of NORTHERN PINTAILS, 20 TUNDRA SWANS, AMERICAN BITTERN, 37 NORTHERN HARRIERS, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, 12 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 12 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and 20 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS.
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was viewed over DeMott Lane in Somerset Nov 15; another NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found in Hutcheson Forest this week.
Merrill Creek Reservoir's sporadic BLACK-HEADED GULL appeared again on Nov 15. Also at Merrill Creek this week were CACKLING GOOSE, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, RED-THROATED LOON, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, and single GOLDEN EAGLES were recorded at Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch Nov 15 & 17.
Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 4 BLACK SCOTERS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and 7 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 15-16.
Glenhurst Meadows had 8 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS along the Passaic River Nov 18.
Garret Mountain reports Nov 16 included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and FOX SPARROW.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was present on Culver's Lake in Sussex County Nov 16-18. Four BLACK SCOTERS were noted there Nov 17-18.
For recent bird sightings in Cape May and Cumberland counties, visit http://www.birdcapemay.org/blog
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 6 in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Dovekie, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com
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 e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org 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.