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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/4/2004
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 4, 2004 with reports of FRIGATEBIRD species, CAVE SWALLOW, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, GOLDEN EAGLE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A FRIGATEBIRD species, CAVE SWALLOW, and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER were all seen in Cape May this week; call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Sandy Hook Oct 31 had a WESTERN KINGBIRD south of the scout camp, a flyover DICKCISSEL, and 35 PINE SISKINS. An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK appeared near Spermaceti Cove Nov 1. A very late BROAD-WINGED HAWK was seen that day as well. A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported over north pond Oct 31.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was noted along the Spring Lake oceanfront Oct 30 associating with a mixed flock of all three scoters.

Up to 7 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Great Swamp NWR this week along Pleasant Plains Road. An adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK was seen from the bridge near the heronry overlook Oct 31. A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted the same day. Also in the swamp this week were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, up to 70 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and FOX SPARROW.

Another NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed along the South Branch of the Raritan River at Three Bridges North in Hunterdon County Oct 29.

Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch Nov 1-3 had 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and MERLIN. Adjacent Merrill Creek Reservoir had numbers of waterbirds during the same period including RED-THROATED LOON, BRANT, LONG-TAILED DUCK, BLACK SCOTER, and 2 second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also in Warren County a juvenile GOLDEN EAGLE was sighted at the Delaware Water Gap Oct 31.

The raptor flight at Raccoon Ridge Nov 3 had 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, 11 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and NORTHERN GOSHAWK. On Oct 31 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 6 BALD EAGLES, SNOW BUNTING, PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCH, and COMMON RAVENS were noted.

Culvers Lake in Sussex County had 15 BLACK SCOTERS and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER Oct 29.

Palmyra had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 16 FOX SPARROWS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD Nov 1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New Jersey Audubon Society needs volunteers to submit site nominations for the New Jersey Important Bird and Birding Areas Initiative. The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is integrating Important Bird Areas into the Landscape Project Mapping and its official Comprehensive Wildlife Plan. The Landscape Project is used by the NJDEP as the SOLE SOURCE of wildlife information for determining land acquisition priorities and management of state lands. To get involved, please visit our website at http://www.njaudubon.org/conservation/IBBA or call 201-891-1240.

Two winter pelagic trips are scheduled for early December. The first is from Belmar Dec 4; contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com (cost $100). The second is from Barnegat Light Dec 5; contact Focus On Nature Tours at: 1-800-721-9986 or font@focusonnature.com (cost $104) Both trips target winter seabirds including Greater and Manx Shearwaters, Jaegers, Phalaropes, and alcids and visit New York and New Jersey waters.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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