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
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
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
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
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.
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08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.