Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/27/2002
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 further reports.

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 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

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 SPARROW.


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.

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