This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday November 27, 2013 with reports of EARED GREBE, WESTERN GREBE, RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, SNOWY OWL, KING EIDER, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal/local reports of interest, and announcements.
NJ Audubon's next Young Birders Club Field Trip will be held at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Saturday December 7, 2013. The trip is free for young birders and their parents/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For information and registration contact Sam Wilson at Sam.Wilson at njaudubon.org
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An EARED GREBE was discovered at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 23-26. From the camping/scuba parking lot take the blue trail about a half mile until you see a small cove- look for the bird here.
A WESTERN GREBE was found at Sandy Hook off parking area B Nov 22. At least 2 SNOWY OWLS have been frequenting the north end of Sandy Hook Nov 22-25. A PIPING PLOVER continues to linger at the false hook through Nov 23. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was seen off A-lot Nov 24. Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen with 175 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 26. Two ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a late NASHVILLE WARBLER were found around North Pond Nov 26.
A large raft of sea ducks off Monmouth Beach Nov 25 included 2 KING EIDERS, 8 COMMON EIDERS, 1500 SURF SCOTERS, 1500 BLACK SCOTERS, and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES.
Two immature male KING EIDERS were off Bradley Beach Nov 23. A SNOWY OWL was found on the beach in Asbury Park Nov 25.
One immature male KING EIDER on the north side of Manasquan Inlet Nov 25 increased to 4 (two immature males & 2 females) Nov 26.
Five KING EIDERS and a SNOWY OWL were found at Barnegat Light State Park Nov 23.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE continues this week at Whitesbog through Nov 23, on the Burlington/Ocean county line. From Whitesbog Village, look for the bird near the "dogleg," about one mile from the village.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Nov 23 had 1-2 drake EURASIAN WIGEON, 40+ TUNDRA SWANS, 4 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS, VIRGINIA RAIL, and 2 juvenile GOLDEN EAGLES. A HUDSONIAN GODWIT was found at the dogleg Nov 26. At nearby Brigantine Island, 25 MARBLED GODWITS and 6 BLACK SKIMMERS were found at the west side of Absecon Inlet.
A SNOWY OWL was found at the National Park Dredge Spoils Nov 24. Also in Gloucester County were 4 CACKLING GEESE at Alcyon Park.
Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS and 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS continue this week at Oros Wildlife Preserve off Omar Ave in Woodbridge.
A RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD continues this week through Nov 23 at a feeder at 113 Glenwood Rd in Fanwood, Union County, NJ. Birders wishing to see the bird must call Margaret at 908-889-8512 before visiting.
Birds found around the DeKorte Environment Center in the NJ Meadowlands this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN Nov 22 and 1-2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS Nov 25-26.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen Nov 20-23 at Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia.
Six SANDHILL CRANES have returned for the 7th consecutive winter to Franklin Twp, Somerset County Nov 23. The birds are typically seen in the fields anywhere around Randolph and Weston Canal Roads.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 35 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found along Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR Nov 26.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were noted in the northwest corner of Budd Lake Nov 25.
Four GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch Nov 23. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird portal:
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. (Please note this is a new address). Good Birding and thanks for reporting.