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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/26/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday November 26, 2003 with reports of CINNAMON TEAL, BLACK GUILLEMOT, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, KING EIDER, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcements.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was seen at Manasquan Inlet Nov 23 - no reports since.

The ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Cape May was last seen Nov 24. The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues at Stone Harbor and CAVE SWALLOW was at the Cape May Point state park this week - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

An adult male CINNAMON TEAL (origin unknown) was found in the Hackensack Meadowlands Nov 23 at the Saw Mill Creek Trail "T" in the south impoundment.

A female KING EIDER continues through Nov 26 at Global Terminal in Bayonne, viewed offshore of the observation tower. Exit the NJ Turnpike at Exit 14A/Bayonne. After the toll proceed up the ramp through the traffic light and on to Port Jersey Blvd, which leads to the observation tower on the left. Two BARN OWLS were found in Liberty State Park this week.

Sightings from Wallkill River NWR this week included 3 COMMON REDPOLLS along the Blue Trail Nov 24, AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 100+ AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS, and a late INDIGO BUNTING on the Liberty Loop Trail.

A female "reddish-morph" EURASIAN WIGEON was photographed at White's Pond, Sussex County Nov 22. The pond is on Rte. 206 just north of Andover and is best accessed from the Sussex Branch Trail behind the pond.

The Raccoon Ridge Hawk flight Nov 21 included 12 GOLDEN EAGLES and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK.

Sandy Hook Nov 23 had an AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, a SHORT-EARED OWL and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Plum Island, a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at North Beach Pavilion. A late COMMON MOORHEN was noted in North Pond Nov 24. Up to 200 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR have been in the dunes between the end of the Fisherman's Trail and North Pavilion this week. An "AUDUBON'S" YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER was studied at Gunnison lot Nov 26.

A late SPOTTED SANDPIPER was noted in Hartshorne Woods Park (Monmouth Co.,) Nov 26.

Double-digit flocks of COMMON EIDER were noted at Barnegat Light State Park this week, with a high of 38 Nov 22. Also there that day 3 BROWN PELICANS, 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and PARASITIC JAEGER. A female KING EIDER, 500+ FORSTER'S TERNS, and ROYAL TERN were found Nov 23. A RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 GREAT CORMORANTS, 18 COMMON EIDERS, 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS, and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS were there Nov 24.

Brigantine NWR Nov 23 hosted AMERICAN BITTERN, 200 TUNDRA SWANS, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, late Least & SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS, and thousands of regularly occurring waterfowl.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 10 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 20+ FOX SPARROWS, numerous WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS and 8 PURPLE FINCHES were at Abbots Meadow WMA in Salem County Nov 23 (DeLorme P. 60, L-12). Twenty TUNDRA SWANS, 10,000 SNOW GEESE, 2 BALD EAGLES, and 30 COMMON SNIPE were at nearby Mannington Marsh.

PINE SISKINS and PURPLE FINCHES continue to be widely reported this week.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics is running a trip from Belmar Dec 13 for winter seabirds from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cost $95. For more information call 215-234-6805 or visit http://www.paulagics.com

Another pelagic is scheduled for Dec 7 from Barnegat Light, also targeting winter seabirds, cost $104. For more information call 1-800-721-9986 or visit http://www.focusonnature.com

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

 
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