Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/6/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday November 6, 2008 with reports of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, GOLDEN EAGLE, WESTERN KINGBIRDS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE made a brief appearance at Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest Nov 1. Also noted at the summit that day were 5 GOLDEN EAGLES and a small flock of probable WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS. An immature ICELAND GULL and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were among the roosting gull flock at Culver's Lake in Sussex County Nov 3 and a RUFFED GROUSE was heard drumming at Kuser Bog at High Point State Park Nov 4. Ten AMERICAN PIPITS were noted on softball fields in Sparta Twp Oct 31.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was observed at Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 3. Also in Hunterdon County was a LONG-EARED OWL that landed briefly in the road on White Bridge Road in Quakertown Nov 4 and 4 SNOW BUNTINGS near the south parking area of Round Valley Reservoir Nov 5.


Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch sightings this week included 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS, 12 COMMON RAVENS, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS Nov 2. An excellent total of 7 GOLDEN EAGLES was tallied Nov 1. Scott's Mountain Hawkwatch at Merrill Creek had several GOLDEN EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 1 & 4, 105 RED-TAILED HAWKS and 20 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS Nov 2. Also in Warren County was a NORTHERN GOSHAWK over mile marker 5 on Rte 78 Nov 2. An amazing total of 43 COMMON RAVENS were totaled over a residence in Blairstown Nov 2.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a WESTERN KINGBIRD near K-lot, a flock of 50+ PINE SISKINS near SHBO, and all three Scoter Sp off C- lot Nov 2. SNOW BUNTINGS, numbering from 40-80 have been tallied between the end of the fisherman's trail and north beach pavilion this week. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Brigantine NWR reports this week were of a WESTERN KINGBIRD in the field just east of the sightings log & bathroom building Oct 31-Nov 1. Shorebirds there included 3-5 MARBLED GODWITS Oct 31 & Nov 2, an albino BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, a late SHORT- BILLED DOWITCHER Nov 3, LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and AMERICAN PIPIT.

A BROWN PELICAN was off the end of Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton Nov 5.

Feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville hosted FOX SPARROW, PURPLE FINCH, and a flock of 45-50 PINE SISKINS this week. Nearby Great Swamp NWR hosted a juvenile light-morph ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK Nov 1 near the "friends building" on Pleasant Plains Rd. Up to 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were detected recently in the swamp. Look for the birds to the left of the heronry overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd. Twenty-one RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were tallied in Great Swamp Nov 4.

A female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was noted on Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Nov 6.

Overpeck Creek Park in Leonia had AMERICAN PIPIT, 2 VESPER SPARROWS, and PURPLE FINCH Nov 2.

A CACKLING GOOSE was photographed at Rahway River Park Nov 3 and still present there Nov 6. The bird is usually among the CANADA GOOSE flocks frequenting the softball fields.

A very late TENNESSEE WARBLER was observed at Supawna Meadows NWR Nov 4.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was found at the Allendale Celery Farm Nov 5 near Phair's Pond.

A flock of 20 PINE SISKINS were noted at Flat Rock Brook Preserve in Englewood Nov 4. PINE SISKINS have also been frequenting the feeders at NJAS's Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood this week. Another flock of PINE SISKINS was noted at Whitesbog Nov 5 and the Allendale Celery Farm hosted 30+ PINE SISKINS Nov 2.


A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 7 from 6 am to 6 pm in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

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@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@njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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