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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday November 23, 2011 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, PARASITIC JAEGER, SNOWY OWL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A SNOWY OWL continues through Nov 21 at Merrill Creek Reservoir. The bird is generally found on the south side of the main dam, accessed from the path heading east from Fox Farm Rd. Also at Merrill Creek Reservoir were BLACK SCOTER Nov 21 and a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov 20.
Three GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Sunrise Mountain Nov 18 and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were found on nearby Culver's Lake the same day.
A female EURASIAN WIGEON remained on Darlington Lake in Mahwah through Nov 21. Also in Bergen County at the Allendale Celery Farm was a very late YELLOW WARBLER Nov 20.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found on the Newark Rutgers Campus Nov 21.
Five TUNDRA SWANS were on Lake Hopatcong Nov 19.
Two REDHEADS were on Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Twp this week.
An ICELAND GULL was found on Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 22.
North Branch Park in Bridgewater Twp hosted 9 CACKLING GEESE Nov 18 and an immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was by the river in the far left corner of the south field Nov 21.
Sandy Hook Nov 20 had 60 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off the Visitor Center, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at G-lot, 80 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 6 PURPLE FINCHES. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Island Beach State Park had a good seabird flight Nov 19 with 500 RED-THROATED LOONS, RED-NECKED GREBE, 1500 NORTHERN GANNETS, 11 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 280 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, and large alcid sp.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Nov 19 hosted 40+ TUNDRA SWANS, 20 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 2 WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPERS, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.
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