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
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
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.
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
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
firstname.lastname@example.org (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