Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/28/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Nov 28 with reports of Review List THAYER'S GULL, PAINTED BUNTING, SELASPHORUS HUMMER (sp.), GYRFALCON, and seasonal reports of SNOWY OWLS, N. SHRIKE, LITTLE GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, and local reports.

NOTE: Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR is still closed. No word yet on diagnosis of the Brant disease. Test results are expected within the week.

THAYER'S GULL was seen Nov 24-25 at Florence, possibly 2 different first winter birds. The PAINTED BUNTING was seen Nov 25 at Higbee half way down the west side of the first field, and later in the northern part of the second field. A SNOWY OWL was in Cape May City Nov 27 on a house roof, observed from Jersey Ave. between Trenton and Reading streets, looking toward the ocean. The SELASPHORUS HUMMER continues on Bayshore Road.

An extraordinary report from Scotts Mountain hawkwatch Nov 23 included N. GOSHAWK, 2 ROUGH-LEGS, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES and 2 GYRFALCONS. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was reported Nov 24 nearby on Liberty Road off Rte 519 just north of Rte 57. GREAT CORMORANT, CANVASBACK, both LOONS and CROSSBILL (sp) were also reported during the week.

Birds at Barnegat Light Nov 25 included an adult LITTLE GULL off the beach, 10 HARLEQUINS at the jetty, 4 LAPLAND LONGSPUR at the edge of the grass on the beach, a flock of HORNED LARKS, no EIDERS, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER passing by, and the usual shorebirds, IPSWICH SPARROW, GANNETS and LOONS. Birds at Manahawkin WMA (the bridge to nowhere) Nov 24-25 included two black ROUGH-LEGS, BALD EAGLE, PEREGRINE, lots of HARRIERS, but no SHORT-EARS.

The SNOWY OWL at Sandy Hook continued at the south end just south of the Bayberry Beach Parking Lot (Lot B), the first lot on the right after the tollbooth/entry gates. Near it was a flock of SNOW BUNTINGS.

At Spruce Run Nov 27, a dozen HORNED LARK and a SNOW BUNTING were at the Boat Launch peninsula parking lot. At Round Valley Nov 27 were flocks of BUFFLEHEAD and HOODED MERGANSER at the bathing beach; and MERLIN and a late flock of some 20 CHIPPING SPARROWS in the pines around the Wilderness Camping parking lot with lots of the usual KINGLETS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES and other winter land birds. A SHORT-EAR was present this week at Solberg Airport in Readington.

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