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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/29/2007
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 of interest.

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 RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

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, Nov. 28.

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.

 
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