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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/5/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 5, 2009 with reports of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Last week's ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at Thompson Park in Lincroft was last seen Oct 30. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted there Nov 1.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a hen HARLEQUIN DUCK, 2 COMMON EIDERS, and 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off C-lot Nov 4-5, a flock of 6 COMMON EIDERS off the false hook Nov 4; a juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN- PLOVER at the tidal cut east of the end of the fisherman's trail Oct 31-Nov 1; an immature COMMON MOORHEN in north pond Oct 31-Nov 2; an early first-winter ICELAND GULL at the false hook Nov 1; the resident BARRED OWL hooting along raccoon alley Nov 1, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Randolph St Nov 2; LARK SPARROW at K-lot Nov 1; LAPLAND LONGSPUR and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS near the false hook Oct 31; and 5 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS over K-lot Nov 4.

A PARASITIC JAEGER was off Belmar Nov 1. Also there was a LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL.

Island Beach State Park hosted 3 PARASITIC JAEGERS and a probable POMARINE JAEGER harassing FORSTER'S TERNS Nov 1.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted an impressive flock of 120 COMMON EIDERS, including some adult males; 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and GREAT CORMORANT Nov 3.

Brigantine NWR birds this week included TUNDRA SWAN, juvenile AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, 10 WESTERN SANDPIPERS, 2 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, 3 juvenile SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the Leeds Eco Trail, and 11 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

A TUNDRA SWAN was noted on McCormack Lake at Plainsboro Preserve Nov 3-4.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in Lenape Park in Cranford Nov 3. An immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at the wetland restoration site off Omar Ave in the Avenel section of Woodbridge Nov 3.

Six CACKLING GEESE were noted at Warinanco Park in Rahway Nov 4.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia Nov 1-4, seen near the playground and stables. An ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER was near the stables there Nov 1.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Liberty State Park in the marsh near the visitor's center Nov 1-2. Also in Hudson County was an adult light-morph PARASITIC JAEGER over Newark Bay Nov 3.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a good assortment of waterfowl this week including WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS Nov 1-2. RED-THROATED LOON and a very late SPOTTED SANDPIPER were there Nov 4. Also in Hunterdon County at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 4 were 2 CACKLING GEESE, 13 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, 3 RED- THROATED LOONS, GREAT CORMORANT, and a late BLACKPOLL WARBLER.

Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch at Merrill Creek Reservoir tallied 5 migrant SANDHILL CRANES Oct 30. Very rare away from the coast, a BLACK- HEADED GULL was photographed at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov 4. Seventeen LONG-TAILED DUCKS were on the reservoir Nov 4. A GOLDEN EAGLE was at the hawkwatch Nov 3. Also in Warren County at Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch this week were 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 94 RED-TAILED HAWKS, and SNOW BUNTING Nov 1.

Kittatinny Valley State Park hosted 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and a CACKLING GOOSE among the CANADA GOOSE flock at White's Pond, accessed off the Sussex Branch Trail Nov 2. The CACKLING GOOSE was still there Nov 3. Two GOLDEN EAGLES passed the Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch Nov 1. Another GOLDEN EAGLE was noted there Nov 2 along with a RUFFED GROUSE.

Five SURF SCOTERS were noted at Penbryn Pond in Berlin Nov 2. Palmyra Cove Nature Park had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER Oct 31.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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