This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for
Thursday, November 29, 2007 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, TUNDRA
SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BROWN
PELICAN, AMERICAN BITTERN, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN
EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND
GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE,
LESSER NIGHTHAWK, CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, ASH-
THROATED FLYCATCHER, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, CAVE SWALLOW, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE,
ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN PIPIT, VESPER SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING,
RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BULLOCK'S ORIOLE, EVENING GROSBEAK, RED CROSSBILL,
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL and seasonal and local reports
Cape May and Sandy Hook have been the hotbed of birding rarity
activity in NJ this past week. The best bird of the lot was a first
state record LESSER NIGHTHAWK which was discovered sitting near the
hawkwatch platform at Cape May Point SP on Nov. 25 and not refound
thereafter. The BARNACLE GOOSE in Cape May Point continues and is
most often seen on Lily Lake or in the Cape May Meadows. An adult
male BULLOCK'S ORIOLE was discovered Nov. 27 at a spot called the
Hidden Valley Extension. The bird appears very infrequently and was
still present as of Nov. 29.
As many as an amazing 98 CAVE SWALLOWS have been present at the
Congress Hall building in Cape May with others observed from the
hawkwatch platform. The southwest vagrants continue as a WHITE-WINGED
DOVE was found at the Ponderlodge (Villas Wildlife Area) Nov. 28. The
WESTERN KINGBIRD and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER were last seen Nov. 25 in
the Wilson Ave. RR tracks area. A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL flew over
the hawkwatch Nov. 23. Lastly a BARROW'S GOLDENEYE first for Cape May
County was discovered Nov. 28 at the Avalon Seawatch. For more
details on all these Cape May sightings visit http://www.birdcapemay.net
New Jersey's seventh and Sandy Hook's first TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was
discovered Nov. 25 along with an ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER near the flag
poll at the Boy Scout Camp. Both birds were still present Nov. 29.
Park in the Boy Scott Camp lot opposite the Horseshoe Cove boardwalk
and walk out the closed road at the end of the parking lot toward the
flag pole. Scan the treetops and bushes in this area for these birds
and check behind the new closed restroom building. A very late GREAT-
CRESTED FLYCATCHER has also been seen in the same area. They all often
disappear for long periods of time. Nov. 28 birders were treated to a
flyover ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and Nov. 29 a flyover RED CROSSBILL.
Another or the same WESTERN KINGBIRD was seen Nov. 25 at the garden
area of Sandy Hook near the former corral field and last reported Nov.
28. Nov. 22 at the Hook featured three CAVE SWALLOWS at the Salt Pond
and later perched on one of the K Lot batteries. Other birds noted at
Sandy Hook Nov. 22 were SNOW BUNTING, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT and
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR. provided a CAVE SWALLOW, a SNOW BUNTING and
many TUNDRA SWANS Nov. 25, while Barnegat Light SP produced two COMMON
EIDERS, 8 PURPLE SANDPIPERS and a late CASPIAN TERN Nov. 23.
As many a three NORTHERN SHRIKES are present at the Franklin Parker
Preserve in Chatsworth in the area of the old bogs. From Route 563
and Route 532 in Chatsworth take Route 532 west towards Tabernacle/
Medford. In a short distance you will see a large lake on your right
as the road bends sharply right and here immediately turn left into a
dirt road. Park along the road and walk past the two gates back into
the old cranberry bogs, then continue past the bench overlooking a
wetland and after a short rise the habitat opens up to the bogs.
Search this vast area for the shrikes.
Other birds observed at the Franklin Parker Preserve the last week
include CAVE SWALLOW, RED CROSSBILL, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, AMERICAN
PIPIT and VESPER SPARROW.
Three SANDHILL CRANES have been observed in a field in Franklin in
Somerset County on Randolph Road between Schoolhouse Road and closer
to Weston Canal Road. They were discovered Nov. 21 and were present
as of Nov. 28.
Florence along the Delaware River continues to produce winter gulls
with 24 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and 2 ICELAND GULLS noted Nov. 24. Well's
Mills (DeLorme P.58, J-2) in Ocean County produced a WHITE-WINGED
CROSSBILL Nov. 22, while 8 COMMON REDPOLLS were discovered in West
Trenton Nov. 28 in a hedgerow behind a building at 830 Bear Tavern
Road. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER appeared in a yard in Lindenwood,
In the realm of amazing was a BROWN PELICAN found sitting on Merrill
Creek Reservoir Nov. 27 next to a TUNDRA SWAN. A NORTHERN SHRIKE also
appeared at the Merrill Creek hawkwatch Nov. 25
The Denville CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD was last reported Nov. 21, while
five EVENING GROSBEAKS visited a feeder in Warren Nov. 28. Sixty
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS visited Hatfield Swamp Nov. 21 and 6 at Monroe Twp.
Nov. 26. Unusual was a HUDSONIAN GODWIT reported at the lake in
Ringwood Manor Nov. 23. An AMERICAN BITTERN was present at the Great
Swamp Nov. 24 in the Myersville area. Four YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS
were recorded at Round Valley Reservoir Nov. 25. Liberty State Park
was home to a EURASIAN WIGEON Nov. 27, while three TUNDRA SWANS were
noted in Bayonne Nov. 23.
Sunrise Mountain in Stokes Forest Nov. 23 produced nine GOLDEN EAGLES
and an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK and the Raccoon Ridge hawkwatch
tallied two NORTHERN GOSHAWKS Nov. 28 and a GOLDEN EAGLE Nov. 25.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best
birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.