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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/23/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday November 23, 2005 with reports of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, BLACK-NECKED STILT, RAZORBILL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Verga, Gloucester County continues through at least Nov 19. The homeowner is willing to have birders visit - please be considerate and discreet when parking and viewing the bird. From Rte 295 south take exit 23. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076 Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is hanging from the roof of the porch. Also check the flowers in the yard for the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F - 5).

Highlights at Brigantine NWR Nov 19-20 were 200 TUNDRA SWANS, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON, 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, AMERICAN BITTERN, TRICOLORED HERON, and the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was harassing a gull flock off Monmouth Beach Nov 20.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a RAZORBILL, all 3 Scoters, 2 REDHEADS, and an "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW at C-lot, and 2 calling VIRGINIA RAILS at North Pond Nov 21. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Round Valley Reservoir hosted 8 HORNED GREBES and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Nov 21.

Garret Mountain sightings this week included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER along the upper roadway opposite the stables and a dozen FOX SPARROWS.

Six TUNDRA SWANS were found at Lake Parsippany Nov 22.

A BLACK-NECKED STILT was found among a flock of GREATER YELLOWLEGS at the DeKorte Center, Hackensack Meadowlands at low tide Nov 14.

Culvers Lake in Sussex County hosted 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS Nov 18, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Nov 21 and a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov 22.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics is running an 8-hour pelagic Christmas Count out of Belmar NJ on Friday December 30. Targets are alcids, gulls, and other winter seabirds. Call 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

Another pelagic is scheduled for Dec 4 out of Barnegat Inlet for alcids and other winter seabirds. Contact Focus on Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or http://www.focusonature.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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