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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/2/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 1, 2007 with reports of EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE, GRAY KINGBIRD, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ROSS'S GOOSE, POMARINE JAEGER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

A EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE appeared briefly at the Cape May Hawkwatch Oct 27--call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

A GRAY KINGBIRD was reported from Six Mile Run Park in Somerset County Oct 28. The bird was seen at close range in the mowed hayfield near the cedar thickets one half mile north of Jacques Lane and west of Middlebush Road.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported at Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 25 in some tall pines at the western end of the main dam looking south.

Sightings from Brigantine NWR Oct 26 & 28 included an adult ROSS'S GOOSE on the north dike, AMERICAN BITTERN, a late CATTLE EGRET, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN at the gull pond tower, 16 MARBLED GODWITS in the southwest pool, 6 STILT SANDPIPERS, a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and SNOW BUNTING. The AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN continues through Nov 1; also there that day were 700+ GREATER YELLOWLEGS, 7 MARBLED GODWITS, 11 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and a STILT SANDPIPER.

An adult POMARINE JAEGER was seen at Palmyra Cove Oct 25.

Island Beach State Park Oct 27 had 2 POMARINE JAEGERS, 6 PARASITIC JAEGERS, and 3 unidentified jaegers. The birds were harassing gulls and terns feeding on an abundance of peanut bunker (menhaden). An impressive 10 NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were banded there on the night of Oct 31.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included an AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER and 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS at north beach, a one-day only NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL Oct 30, a SHORT-EARED OWL near the salt pond Nov 1, 2 COMMON EIDERS near the end of the fisherman's trail Oct 31, 2 NASHVILLE WARBLERS Oct 31, and NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROWS at Plum Island. A high of 13 PURPLE FINCHES was noted Oct 29 and small numbers of AMERICAN PIPITS and PINE SISKINS have been daily flyovers. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Spruce Run Reservoir Oct 28. The bird was in the field opposite the beach area. Also in Hunterdon County at Cold Brook Preserve Oct 28 were 36 AMERICAN PIPITS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 4 VESPER SPARROWS, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Oct 25 had 196 BRANT, 9 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 3 SURF SCOTERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and VESPER SPARROW.

The Raccoon Ridge hawk watch tallied 12 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 21 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, and a RED CROSSBILL Oct 28.

The adult NORTHERN SHRIKE has returned Oct 31 for another winter at Flatbrook-Roy WMA near Layton in Sussex County. Look for the bird in the fields near the intersection of Rtes 615 and 640 (DeLorme P. 18, J-9 & 10).

Allendale Celery Farm reports this week include a lingering juvenile COMMON MOORHEN through Oct 30, VIRGINIA RAIL, FOX SPARROW, and 15+ PURPLE FINCHES.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: New Jersey Audubon Society strongly supports the passage of Public Question # 3, which provides one year of funding for New Jersey's Green Acres, Farmland, Blue Acres, and Historic Preservation programs. We encourage you to vote in November to determine the future of preservation efforts in our state. For more information see http://www.njkeepitgreen.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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