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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/8/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for November 8, 2007 with reports of BLACK BRANT, EARED GREBE, CAVE SWALLOW, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

Two CAVE SWALLOWS were found briefly at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 7 -- no reports since.

A BLACK BRANT was noted at Sylvan Lake on the border of Avon & Bradley Beach Nov 3.

An EARED GREBE was observed at Island Beach State Park Nov 8. From Parking area A-7 take the boardwalk out to Barnegat Bay; scan from the platform to the northwest, where the bird was seen among a flock of HORNED GREBES.

Brigantine NWR Nov 4 hosted 9 TUNDRA SWANS, the continuing AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, up to 16 MARBLED GODWITS, 5 LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 6 STILT SANDPIPERS. Four late HUDSONIAN GODWITS were noted there Nov 2.

At Barnegat Light 5 COMMON EIDERS and 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS were back Nov 5.

Sandy Hook reports this week included two continuing COMMON EIDERS seen off the end of the fisherman's trail, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK from the North Pond observation deck, 3 HORNED LARKS and 16 SNOW BUNTINGS at Gunnison Beach, and 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, all Nov 4. Four EVENING GROSBEAKS were flyovers at north beach Nov 7. A RED CROSSBILL was a flyover along Atlantic Drive Nov 8. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

Four EVENING GROSBEAKS visited a Middletown feeder adjacent to Tatum Park Nov 4.

At Great Swamp NWR 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen at the overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd this week. At nearby Scherman- Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary up to 14 PINE SISKINS have been visiting the feeders.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Hoffman Park in Hunterdon County Nov 2.

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at Warren Green Acres (Glenhurst Meadows) Nov 7. The bird was just west of the parking lot, across the stream spillway, on the right where the trail comes to a T. Also there was a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO.

A belated report was received of several EVENING GROSBEAKS during late October (all flyovers) at the main parking lot of Monksville Reservoir.

Celery Farm reports this week included a flock of 12 COMMON REDPOLLS Nov 4. Also in Bergen County were single EVENING GROSBEAKS at NJ Audubon's Lorrimer Sanctuary Nov 3 & 7.

Raccoon Ridge highlights this week included 3 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 4 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 6, NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 7. Four RED CROSSBILLS and SNOW BUNTING were detected there Nov 3.

Sussex County birds this week included a CACKLING GOOSE at Turtle Pond in Green Twp Nov 4. From Rte. 206 in Andover, take Rte. 603 towards Hackettstown. Turtle Pond is on the left side of the road where Pequest Rd goes to the right and Rte 603 continues as Airport Rd.

PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN continue to be reported in small-to- moderate numbers across many portions of the state this week.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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