This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday November
27, 2002 with reports of CAVE SWALLOWS, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN,
ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, BARNACLE GOOSE, EURASIAN
WIGEON, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Double-digit numbers of CAVE SWALLOWS have been in Cape May for the
last week, at various locations. ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS were also
found this week at the Beanery and Two-mile Beach. A flock of five
AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS flew past Cape May Nov 26. Call the Cape May
hotline for details.
Two CAVE SWALLOWS appeared at Sandy Hooks north pond Nov 15 and four
birds were found there Nov 19. A BROWN PELICAN was off north beach Nov
24. Other birds reported at the hook this week included SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER
off D-lot, a RED-NECKED GREBE and a first-year LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL in the bay just south of SHBO, FOX SPARROW and TREE
SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
A BARNACLE GOOSE appeared at the Plainsboro Preserve Nov 19 but no
The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Nov 25, this time
near the Wood Duck Box at the 90-degree turn along Pleasant Plains
Road. The EASTERN SCREECH-OWL was in the Wood Duck Box at the end of
Pleasant Plains Road the same day.
A WESTERN KINGBIRD was in the field by the Barn Owl Box at Brigantine
NWR Nov 16. A EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Brig Nov 23. Also there
Big Brook Parks HARRISS SPARROW was last reported Nov 17. Other birds
at the park included a late NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW and two
BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS; LINCOLNS, TREE SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED and FOX
SPARROWS. (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).
Walkill River NWRs Liberty Loop trail had two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 36
AMERICAN PIPITS, 12 FOX SPARROW and 100+ TREE SPARROWS Nov 24 and a
SHORT-EARED OWL Nov 25.
A pair of COMMON RAVENS continues to roost in the pines in front of
Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood this week.
Franklin Pond in Franklin, Sussex County had two SANDERLINGS, 20
PECTORAL SANDPIPERS, A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an AMERICAN
BITTERN Nov 9. Possibly the same LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at
the nearby Sussex County Landfill the day before.
A waterfowl fallout at Culvers Lake Nov 18-19 included two
WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, two BLACK SCOTERS, four LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 40
GOLDENEYE and two RED-THROATED LOONS.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE appeared among CANADA GEESE at Hamilton
Veterans Park Nov 24 & 27 (DeLorme P. 86, G9-10))
Palmyra Nov 17 had a late BLACKPOLL WARBLER and RED-EYED VIREO. Also
noted were ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and numbers of WINTER WREN and FOX
Reports from Florence this week included 20 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS,
AN ICELAND GULL, FOUR GREAT CORMORANTS and a BALD EAGLE.
Single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at Manahawkin
WMA and at Amasa Landing in New Gretna this week (DeLorme P. 65, J-19).
A late SPOTTED SANDPIPER was noted through Nov 21 at Columbia Lake in
Warren County and a very late SOLITARY SANDPIPER was found at Footes
Pond in Morristown Nov 18-20.
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 NJ Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you
good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.