Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/21/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday November 21, 2007 with reports of CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, ASH- THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, CAVE SWALLOW, NORTHERN SHRIKE, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A hatch-year male CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD has been present in Denville since Nov 13 and continues through Nov 19; the homeowners are graciously welcoming birders to the site. Please be discreet and use common courtesy when visiting. To reach it from Route 80W take the Denville exit which drops you on Route 46East. Take the very first right exit ramp to Route 53 (probably says Morris Plains - Morristown). Go to first light (at A&P mall), turnright, and keep bearing right past Indian Lake over the bridge. Takeeither of the 2 one-way streets which will lead to a red blinkinglight at Franklin Road. Turn right, one block and turn right ontoGeraldine Court, a dead- end street. 5 Geraldine Court is the 3rdhouse from corner on the right. From Route 80E take Denville exit, go to first light at Burger Kingand turn right onto Franklin Road. Go two blocks and take the secondleft onto Geraldine Court.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was photographed at Brigantine NWR Nov 17 in the persimmon trees just before the bridge over Doughty Creek; no reports since. Also at the refuge this week were 21 Tundra Swans, 5+ Bald Eagles, and 20+ Marbled Godwits in the west pool near the gull pond tower.

A CAVE SWALLOW was observed at Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth, Burlington County Nov 21. It was seen over the large reservoir and adjoining bogs located on the west side of Rte 563. Also there that day were LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and RED CROSSBILL. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Franklin Parker Preserve as well through Nov 18. From Rtes 563 & 532 in Chatsworth, take Rte 532 west towards Medford. In a short distance you will see a large lake on your right and the road will bend sharply right (currently minor shoulder work occurring there) and immediately turn left on to a dirt road. Park along the road, walk past the two gates back into the old cranberry bogs. The bird was active nearer to several reservoirs in the rear section of the bogs.

At Barnegat Light State Park 18 COMMON EIDERS, 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted Nov 19. A yet-unidentified hummingbird species has been visiting a feeder at 29 West 9th Street in Barnegat Light Nov 19-21. This is the same residence where both Rufous and Black-chinned Hummingbirds have been recorded in previous years. Please be courteous and discreet if you visit the site.

Unusual in date and location was a flock of 8 CATTLE EGRETS feeding on the soccer fields at Doc Cramer Park, Doc Cramer Blvd in Cedar Run Nov 19.

Four EVENING GROSBEAKS visited the feeders at Wells Mills Park in Ocean County Nov 20-21.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 120 SNOW BUNTINGS and a COMMON EIDER off North Beach Nov 17. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen in the tall trees near the officer's club (across the street from the garden) Nov 21. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the bird sightings log there for daily reports.

A LITTLE GULL was on Lake Takanassee in Long Branch Nov 21.

One of the WESTERN KINGBIRDS present last week at Thompson Park in Lincroft was seen again Nov 21. The bird was in trees along the gravel road near the craft center on the way to Marlu Lake.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were observed in a field on Randolph Rd (between Schoolhouse Rd & 0.6 miles from Weston Canal Rd) in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Nov 21.

Two juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Great Swamp NWR; look for the birds in the stand of dead trees visible to the north from the closed bridge along Pleasant Plains Road.

A CACKLING GOOSE was detected at Assiscong Marsh Nov 17.

Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch reports this week included a NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and 13 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 17. Two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and a GOLDEN EAGLE were recorded Nov 18.

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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