This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 21, 2013 with reports of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, KING EIDER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PARASITIC JAEGER, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal/local reports of interest, and announcements.
**NJ Audubon's next Young Birders Club Field Trip will be held at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Saturday December 7, 2013. The trip is free for young birders and their parents/guardians, but pre-registration is required. For information or registration contact Sam Wilson at sam.Wilson at njaudubon.org
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A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues this week through Nov 17 at a feeder at 113 Glenwood Rd in Fanwood, Union County, NJ. Birders wishing to see the bird must call Margaret at 908-889-8512 before visiting.
The HUDSONIAN GODWIT continues at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus through Nov 17. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found there that day as well. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was there Nov 18.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and up to 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue this week at Oros Wildlife Preserve (aka Woodbridge River Watch) off Omar Ave in Woodbridge.
Sandy Hook reports Nov 18 included a very late juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK and RED-EYED VIREO; 2 PARASITIC JAEGERS off A-lot, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR off north beach. A SNOWY OWL was sighted on the beach off parking area B Nov 21.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found in the parking lot at Huber Woods Environmental Center Nov 17.
A second-cycle ICELAND GULL was noted at Manasquan Inlet Nov 15. Four PARASITIC JAEGERS were there along with 500 BONAPARTE'S GULLS Nov 16.
Island Beach State Park hosted 2 KING EIDERS, HARLEQUIN DUCK, 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS, an immature ICELAND GULL, and 32 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 16. Five MARBLED GODWITS were at the south end of the park west of the inlet Nov 15.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was photographed near the Ocean/Burlington County line at Whitesbog Nov 17. Also there this week were 18 TUNDRA SWANS, 4 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW by the Leeds Eco Trail Nov 16. NELSON'S SPARROW was seen from the dikes that day.
The HUDSONIAN GODWIT continued at the National Park Dredge Spoils through Nov 17.
A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was seen at Supawana Meadows in Salem County Nov 18.
Reports from the Morris/Somerset County area this week included 6 TUNDRA SWANS and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Lake Hopatcong Nov 16, fourteen RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at Troy Meadows Nov 16, four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and 140 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS along Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR Nov 16, and 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at PassaicRiver County Park Nov 19.
A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Warinanco Park this week.
Four GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Raccoon Ridge Nov 16 & 19. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/fall-hawkwatching-at-raccoon-ridge/
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