Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/29/2001
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday, November 29 at noon with reports of review list species ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, that's plural, plus PINE GROSBEAK, SNOWY OWLS, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and other seasonal and local reports of interest.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER near Brigantine continues, with the latest report coming from Tuesday, November 27. Directions follow: from the light at Rt. 9 in the town of Smithville, take Moss Mill Road straight east until you reach the salt marsh. (Birders often refer to this as Leed's Point Road; actually Leed's Point Road joins Moss Mill Road from the south and it isn't clear which name applies when you reach the marsh). Cross a small wooden bridge and look for a parking pull-out about two-tenths or one-quarter mile beyond the bridge, on the left (north) side of the road. The bird is most often seen at this spot, near some bright orange Bittersweet berries. Several observers have reported hearing soft call-notes that may help locate the bird, which can be heard to find.

Another probable ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER appeared at the Upper Raritan Watershed Association office in Bedminster on Monday November 26 and was seen again through at least Wednesday November 28th. From the junction of Route 206 and Route 512/Pottersville Road, turn left or west on Pottersville Road and proceed .8 miles to a left turn onto Larger Cross Road. The Upper Raritan Watershed Association headquarters is one half mile on the right. The bird has been seen around the pond and near the white building with the green shutters.

Forsythe aka Brigantine National Wildlife Refuge on Saturday November 24 and since has had up to 3 SNOWY OWLS, mostly in the east pool, as well as SHORT-EARED OWL, BALD EAGLES, LAPLAND LONGSPURS on the north dike, and a variety of shorebirds and ducks.

Barnegat Light on November 24 had 8 HARLEQUINS, 100 + PURPLE SANDPIPERS, many GANNETS, and many hundreds of migrating RED-THROATED LOONS. Nearby Manahawkin had a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on Thanksgiving Day. Another dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Solberg Airport in Readington, Hunterdon County on November 25. View from Lightfield Road.

Scattered reports of winter finches included PINE GROSBEAKS on private property in Passaic County on Thursday November 29, and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and COMMON REDPOLLS over Tewksbury on November 27.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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