This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday November 20, 2008 with reports of BLACK BRANT, CACKLING
GOOSE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULL, CAVE SWALLOW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR,
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and
A BLACK BRANT has returned to South Amboy?s Waterfront Park Nov 11,
where a few individuals have wintered for the last several years.
More information on birding this site can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html
Sandy Hook reports this week included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK near the
north pond observation deck, a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL along the south
beach dune trail, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at the salt pond Nov 16.
The COMMON MOORHEN continues at North Pond through Nov 17. The SNOW
BUNTING flock at the hook has grown to about 180 birds this week, and
5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were among them at C-lot and the end of the
fisherman?s trail Nov 20. Single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted
at E-lot Nov 14, south of south pond Nov 16, and at north pond Nov
20. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week were AMERICAN PIPIT,
WINTER WREN, FOX SPARROW, and PINE SISKIN. A free, detailed birding
map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily
North Shore sightings this week were of an adult LITTLE GULL and a
PARASITIC JAEGER off Manasquan Inlet Nov 17. Further north 2 BLACK-
HEADED GULLS were noted on the Asbury Park/Allenhurst seafront Nov 15
and a first-year LITTLE GULL was off the Deal Lake outflow in Asbury
Park Nov 16. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted in Deal Nov
16. Further information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html
At Great Bay Blvd WMA 2 KING EIDERS (immature male and female)
continued through Nov 16 at the end of the road looking south.
Brigantine NWR had ?multiple? CAVE SWALLOWS Nov 16. An AMERICAN
AVOCET and 2 HUDSONIAN GODWITS were noted there Nov 15.
Whitesbog had 14 TUNDRA SWANS and 20+ PINE SISKINS Nov 15.
Veteran?s Park in Hamilton had 3 CACKLING GEESE Nov 16.
Rahway River Park continues to host 1-2 CACKLING GEESE through Nov 16.
Montclair Hawkwatch tallied a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Nov 16.
Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands this week included LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULL in Kearney Marsh East, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED Teal at the
Kingsland impoundment at DeKorte, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the Richard
Kane Natural Area all Nov 16, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Harrier
Meadow Nov 19. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS and a BARN OWL were noted over
the meadowlands Nov 17 and 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were hunting near
Berry?s Creek Nov 19. Other birds at the meadowlands included 3
AMERICAN KESTRELS and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS over the Erie landfill. Nearby
Liberty State Park had a LAPLAND LONGSPUR Nov 17.
Great Swamp NWR sightings this week included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Nov
16; and a COMMON RAVEN and 20 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Spruce Run Reservoir had 5 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 16 and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was noted there Nov 17-18.
Merrill Creek Reservoir hosted 109 TUNDRA SWANS Nov 16. Noted at the
Scott?s Mountain Hawkwatch this week were NORTHERN GOSHAWKS Nov 18 &
19, a high of 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 17, and 45 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 19.
Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch sightings this week included 14 BALD EAGLES
and 6 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 16 and 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES
were noted Nov 18.
Fifteen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS flew past Sunrise Mountain in Stokes
State Forest Nov 19.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 7 from 6 am to 6 pm 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
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