This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday November 25, 2009 with reports of BLACK BRANT, WESTERN GREBE, CAVE SWALLOW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The WESTERN GREBE continued this week off South Amboy's waterfront park through Nov 22, most often viewed near the moored barges in the bay. A BLACK BRANT, presumably a returning bird, was found among the "pale-bellied" Brant on the athletic fields there the same day. For more information about birding this site see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
Three CAVE SWALLOWS flew past Sandy Hook's North Beach Nov 20. Up to 18 COMMON EIDERS were seen at the Hook this week, including a flock of 10 off the False Hook. Other Sandy Hook sightings included 8 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off B-lot, 1-2 juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWKS Nov 21 at K-lot and Plum Island; 2 first-winter ICELAND GULLS off North Beach/False Hook Nov 22, 200 HORNED LARKS near the False Hook Nov 25, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along the Fisherman's Trail Nov 25, BALTIMORE ORIOLE at the Scout camp Nov 21, and 50 SNOW BUNTINGS at North Beach Nov 25. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A first-year ICELAND GULL was found at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Nov 23.
Two CAVE SWALLOWS were fly-bys at Island Beach State Park Nov 20; also there that day were 14 COMMON EIDERS and 18 SNOW BUNTINGS.
Large numbers of COMMON EIDERS continue at Barnegat Light State Park this week along with HARLEQUIN DUCKS.
Rare "on the ground" inland were 2 BRANT at Rosedale Park in Mercer County Nov 23.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were detected at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp Nov 22. The birds were found at the edge of the woods near the center of the preserve. More info on this site can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionConservation/FranklinTownshipSomersetCounty.aspx
Birds noted at Troy Meadows Nov 21 included 30+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 6 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and FOX SPARROW. A belated report was received of 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS off Troy Meadow Rd in Parsippany Nov 18.
Merrill Creek Reservoir's BLACK-HEADED GULL put in another appearance Nov 21. An ICELAND GULL was there Nov 23.
Spruce Run Reservoir had 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and SNOW BUNTING Nov 22.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week at Lenape Park in Cranford.
Culver's Lake hosted 2 BLACK SCOTERS and 4 RED-THROATED LOONS Nov 24.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 6 in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Dovekie, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com
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