Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/24/1999
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wed Nov 24 with reports of Review List TUFTED DUCK & FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, and other reports of SNOWY OWL, an influx of NORTHERN SHRIKES, HARLEQUIN DUCK, MARBLED GODWIT, GLAUCOUS GULL, RED-NECKED GREBE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, a PA concentration of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS-- very likely the largest recorded in the US-- and other reports of interest.

A female TUFTED DUCK was discovered on Little Silver Lake in Pt. Pleasant Vov 20, and has since been seen on Twilight Lake in Bayhead as well, the same area as some of the early NJ TUFTED DUCK records. From Manasquan Inlet heading south, the 3 ponds in order are: Little Silver Lake, Old Sam's Pond (both Pt. Pleasant) and Twilight Lake (Bayhead).

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen Nov 20 at the Stables on the east side of Overpeck Park in Bergen County; from the usual park birding area, take 95 north from Challenger Blvd (stay in the right lane) and get off at the first exit to get to the other side of the creek.

An influx of NORTHERN SHRIKES this week included birds at Merrill Creek Res., Clinton Road, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Wantage, Frankford and at least 3 other NW locations; Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp; and Allendale Celery Farm in Bergen County.

Probably the largest concentration of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS in the US was recorded Nov 21 in Churchill Res., Bucks County, PA, with 152 individuals. The location is off Churchville Lane in Churchville, between Bristol and Holland Roads.

A SNOWY OWL was at Manasquan Inlet Nov 17, not since. Two MARBLED GODWITS were at Island Beach Nov 19 on the sandbars off A-21 on the bayside; also there this week, KITTIWAKE and numbers of GANNET and RED-THROATED LOON. Barnegat Light this week had 5 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, COMMON TERN, ROYAL TERN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and SNOW BUNTING.

Merrill Creek Reservoir this week had, in addition to the shrike, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED-NECKED GREBE and SNOW BUNTING. There were multiple reports of late OSPREYS around North Jersey this week.

Exotics reported this week included a EUROPEAN GOLDFINCH in the Bridgewater area, a small flock of finches in Great Swamp, species unknown, and a CHUKAR in East Brunswick.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. +Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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