Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/26/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday Nov 26, 2008 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, SNOWY OWL, CAVE SWALLOW, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Four BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (three female, one male) have returned to the farm/cattle field on Freas Rd near its intersection with Supawna Rd in Pennsville, Salem County Nov 23 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13).

Twenty-five WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at the Allendale Celery Farm Nov 22. Also noted there this week were flyover RED-THROATED LOON and NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 21, VIRGINIA RAIL Nov 23, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Nov 22. Also in Bergen County was a male WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL found at a Saddle Brook yard the same day.

Two singing WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found at New Jersey Audubon's Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood Nov 21. The birds were singing in the tall spruces in front of the center. Other birds noted there Nov 23 included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 2 FOX SPARROWS, and many PINE SISKINS.

At Wawayanda State Park a flock of 30 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was seen near the beach at the lake Nov 24. Also in Sussex County this week was a SHORT-EARED OWL at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail Nov 24 and a first-year ICELAND GULL At the Sussex Landfill in Lafayette Nov 23. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found on the south side of the intersection of Rte 565 and Roy Rd in Wantage Twp Nov 25.

At the Montclair Hawk Watch fly-by flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS numbering from 15-36 have been daily Nov 20, 21, & 22.

A SNOWY OWL was discovered at Liberty State Park Nov 21 and seen as recently as Nov 26. Look for the bird around the boat ramp near the entrance of the park, the jetty just offshore, and the large Liberty Golf Course clubhouse; early morning or evening is probably the best time to search. A WILSON'S WARBLER was detected at Liberty State Park Nov 21. At the nearby Robbins Reef Lighthouse in Bayonne 20 GREAT CORMORANTS were tallied Nov 24.

At least one SHORT-EARED OWL continues this week in the fields near the entrance to the DeKorte Center in the NJ Meadowlands. A BARN OWL was seen hunting along Berry's Creek south of Giant's Stadium Nov 26. Also at DeKorte this week was RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and AMERICAN WOODCOCK.

Sandy Hook sightings this week were of a CAVE SWALLOW at the end of the fisherman's trail Nov 21 and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD in the locust grove the same day. Up to 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS continued in the SNOW BUNTING flock at the north end through Nov 23. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at north pond and "the bowl" Nov 21-22. The tardy COMMON MOORHEN remains at north pond through Nov 23. A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted over the south beach dune trail Nov 23 and an immature BROWN PELICAN was observed off C-lot Nov 24. Other species noted at the hook this week included 54 HORNED LARKS, PURPLE FINCH, and PINE SISKIN. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Shark River Nov 23. The bird was along Riverside Drive near the "Cracker Barrel" Deli. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was also observed Nov 25 at Lake Como and an AMERICAN BITTERN was found the same day at Wreck Pond.

An immature BROWN PELICAN was found on the jetty at the end of Elizabeth Ave in Lavallette Nov 23. Also in Ocean County was a belated report of a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the "first pond" at Ocean County Park in Lakewood through Nov 16; the bird is thought to be hanging around and may still be present.

Thirty-three TUNDRA SWANS were noted at Whitesbog Nov 23.

Brigantine NWR Nov 21 hosted an AMERICAN AVOCET, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, and PURPLE FINCH. One Hundred TUNDRA SWANS were tallied at the refuge Nov 22. Also there that day were AMERICAN BITTERN and SNOW BUNTING.

At Fairview Farm in Bedminster a NORTHERN SHRIKE made a surprise attack on the bird feeding station Nov 21.

Spruce Run Reservoir continued to host 25 HORNED LARKS and 50+ SNOW BUNTINGS at the boat launch this week.

Raccoon Ridge had 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 22.


A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 7 from 6 am to 6 pm 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

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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