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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/21/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Nov 21 with reports of review list TROPICAL/COUCH'S KINGBIRD, WOOD STORK, ROSS'S GOOSE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SELASPHORUS and CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRDS, TUFTED DUCK and other reports of a closure at Brig, WESTERN KINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL update, SUMMER TANAGER, MARBLED GODWIT, COMMON EIDER, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and local reports.

First the closure-- Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR's auto tour route is closed to the public for an unknown period owing to an outbreak of an avian disease in BRANT (100 found dead). For info on the closure and/or re-opening, call the refuge at 609-652-1665.

A bird thought to be a TROPICAL/COUCH'S KINGBIRD was seen Nov 18 in Cumberland County near the intersection of Dragston and Tom's Bridge roads. The photos are being examined to determine ID. Another kingbird, this one a WESTERN KINGBIRD, was seen the same day, and again in the area of 553 and Berrytown Road Nov 19- 20. [The locations are near each other. See http://www.dreamwater.net/bbarber/birds/kingbird.html for more information. Opinions seem to be leaning to one bird, a Western Kingbird.--transcriber]

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues this week on nearby Bay Point Road near the pond. The WOOD STORK, also nearby, was reported alive, well and flying Nov 14 at Bivalve (not since).

A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported at Brig Nov 14. Two SELASPHORUS (Rufous or Allen's type) hummingbirds showed up this week: one in a backyard in Linwood, the other at a feeder next to the entrance to Hidden Valley Ranch(Nov 17). The hummer at NJ Audubon's CMBO in Goshen from Nov 11-15 is now gone; examination of the videotape shows the hummer may have been a CALLIOPE!

The Cape May County SNOWY OWLS were not seen Nov 18-19, but the Sandy Hook bird was "photo-op" at Sandy Hook Nov 18-20 in the area of Bayberry Beach opposite Plum Island at the south end. A new SNOWY OWL showed up at Liberty State Park, Jersey City Nov 15 on a lightpole on Freedom Way (old reliable!). No word on the Brig or Island Beach birds; no word on the Salem Nuke bird.

The TUFTED DUCK was not on Old Sam's Nov 18, but it was found again at Little Silver Pond in Point Pleasant Beach (where it was last year) at the far end opposite the parking lot with 5 SCAUP. 2 COMMON EIDER, 2 MARBLED GODWITS and ROYAL TERNS were at Stone Harbor Point Nov 18. SHORT-EARED OWLS were at Jake's Landing the same day, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at Great Swamp and Mannington Marsh Nov 18.

A SUMMER TANAGER was found in Washington Valley Park, Somerset County Nov 14. A BALD EAGLE and lots of waterfowl were at Oradell Res Nov 18.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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