Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/24/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday November 24, 2004 with reports of BLACK BRANT, WESTERN GREBE, BLACK GUILLEMOT, EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A WESTERN GREBE has been present in Raritan Bay off the Morgan/South Amboy area Nov 21 through tape time. The bird is usually out in the bay near the Great Beds Lighthouse. From Rte 35 northbound take the first right on Morgan after the drawbridge and follow to the end at a cul-de-sac. Scan the bay from here. The grebe has also been seen from South Amboy Waterfront Park. More information about this site is available at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/SoAmboy.html At nearby Conaskonk Point a RED-NECKED GREBE was found Nov 22. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" Map is available at SHBO or on our website.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT paused briefly at the Avalon Seawatch Nov 23 and CAVE SWALLOWS continue in Cape May this week; call the CMBO Hotline for this and other Cape May area reports.

Two "BLACK" BRANT were found at Sandy Hooks Spermaceti Cove Nov 22. Also there that day was a RED-NECKED GREBE and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was along the fishermans trail Nov 21. Up to 200 SNOW BUNTINGS were present at North Beach this week. A detailed free birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD has been present at Tatum Park in Middletown Nov 21-23. Park at the Holland Rd Activity Center and look for the bird in the L-shaped field past the first large lawn-like field to the south of the parking lot (DeLorme P. 44, B-10).

Shark River Estuary continues to host a drake EURASIAN WIGEON through Nov 21. The bird is in the northwest corner of the estuary off Riverside Drive near the Cracker Barrel store. Also in Shark River Nov 21 was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Nearby Lake Como had an ICELAND GULL Nov 18.

A late NORTHERN PARULA was found in Allaire State Park Nov 19.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found in the Great Swamp NWR Nov 21. The bird was present in the field opposite the white farm house (#70) on the north side of Pleasant Plains Rd. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the heron rookery and near the speed bump along Pleasant Plains Rd.

Birds found this week at Brigantine NWR included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON, 100+ TUNDRA SWANS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and thousands of more common waterfowl.


There is limited space available on winter pelagic trips in early December. The first is from Belmar Dec 4contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com (cost $100). The second is from Barnegat Light Dec 5contact Focus On Nature Tours at: 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com (cost $104) Both trips target winter seabirds including Greater and Manx Shearwaters, Jaegers, Phalaropes, and alcids and visit New York and New Jersey waters.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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