This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday November 26, 2014 with reports of EARED GREBE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, SEDGE WREN, RED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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An EARED GREBE was seen at Sandy Hook Nov 23-25. The bird was in Horseshoe Cove in the company of a large flock of HORNED GREBES. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week included COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, VIRGINIA RAIL at north pond, 350 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, COMMON RAVEN, 85 SNOW BUNTINGS, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.
The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues at McNamara WMA-Corbin City Unit in Atlantic County. From Rt. 50 in Corbin City take Griscom Mill Rd 2.6 miles to a wooden observation platform. The shrike is often observed several hundred yards past the wooden platform in an isolated clump of shrubs and trees in the marsh to the southeast. It has also been viewed hunting from the shrubs along the road.
The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues this week at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.
A MARBLED GODWIT was seen at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst.
A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed eating duck at Cushetunk Lake in Hunterdon County Nov 22-23.
Up to 8 SANDHILL CRANES continue this week in the fields around Randolph Rd, Franklin Twp, Somerset County. At nearby Colonial Park, a very late BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER was found Nov 22.
Ocean County reports this week included 4 RED CROSSBILLS at the Reedy Creek Section of Forsythe NWR in Brick Nov 24, RED-NECKED GREBE and LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Island Beach State Park, an immature male KING EIDER at Barnegat Light, and a SEDGE WREN at the Barnegat Division of Forsythe NWR.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR continues to host a ROSS'S GOOSE along the north dike through Nov 22; also there was a LAPLAND LONGSPUR. At the North Brigantine Natural Area unit of Forsythe NWR 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were found Nov 20.
Burlington County sightings this week were of 2 AMERICAN BITTERNS, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 6 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 4 HORNED GREBES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Taylor's Refuge and Riverton. Palmyra Cove hosted REDHEAD, 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 10 FOX SPARROWS. A SEDGE WREN was detected at Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth Nov 23.
A SANDHILL CRANE was noted along Rt. 641 in Gloucester County Nov 22.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was found along Sunset Rd in Mannington Marsh, Salem County Nov 23.
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