Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/21/2001
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday, November 21 at 2 p.m. with reports of review list species ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and ROSS'S GOOSE, plus WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SNOWY OWLS, other seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements about a raptor survey volunteer opportunity and about Records of New Jersey Birds. First the birds.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was discovered on Leed's Point Road near Forsythe AKA Brigantine NWR on Sunday November 18, and was re-found in the same location today, November 21. The bird's location is about 0.2 miles north of the small bridge on Leed's Point Road, where it has been observed in Bittersweet and Eastern Redcedar.

Also at Brigantine on the 18th was a ROSS'S GOOSE, seen in the West Pool from the North Dike among the SNOW GEESE. On the 21st, a SNOWY OWL at Brig's east pool joined the list of goodies there. Other birds at Brig on the 18th and/or 21st included LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, BALD EAGLE, and an assortment of waterfowl and shorebirds including TUNDRA SWANS, COMMON SNIPE, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, among others.

2 ROSS'S GEESE were reported in Salem County with thousands of SNOW GEESE on Route 77 1 mile south of Route 40 on Saturday, November 17. A hybrid ROSS'SxSNOW GOOSE was reported in the same general vicinity on November 19.

A SNOWY OWL was found Saturday November 17 along the Monmouth County Shore in Spring Lake, on the dunes along the boardwalk not far north of Wreck Pond. Two GREAT CORMORANTS and 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were at Manasquan Inlet the same day, and the shore ponds had the usual good assortment of ducks including many HOODED MERGANSERS.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue to surface, with this week's reports including 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS with 40 PINE SISKINS at Kuser Bog, High Point State Park on November 17 and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at the feeders at Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes today, November 21.


A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found Friday, November 16 on the Raritan River near New Brunswick. Directions to the site are as follows: Take Easton Avenue (Rt 527) north from New Brunswick. From the LandingLane/Franklin Blvd light, go to the 4th traffic light (Demott Lane) and turn right. There is a parking lot at the end of the driveway which provides access to the Delaware-Raritan Canal. Cross the wooden bridge and walk right about 1/2 to 3/4 mile. The landmark is a large, beached motorboat on the far shore.

Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in Bernardsville on November 21 had many PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES, and multiple FOX SPARROWS at the feeders.

Now the announcements. The NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Program needs VOLUNTEERS to conduct woodland raptor and Bald Eagle nesting surveys next spring. Interested parties should contact Kris Schantz at (908) 735-8975.

Owing to an editorial error, the fall 2001 issue of Records of New Jersey Birds contains regional columns for Spring 2000, not 2001, in Regions 2,3,4 and 5. As soon as it can be arranged, all RNJB readers will be sent an insert with the correct, 2001 Spring Season columns.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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