Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/9/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday November 7, 2002 with reports of CALLIOPE and RUFOUS/ALLENS HUMMINGBIRDS, BARNACLE GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, BLACK-HEADED GULL, COMMON EIDER, RED CROSSBILL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and a pelagic trip announcement.

A CALLIOPE HUMMINGBIRD briefly appeared in a Linwood, Atlantic County yard Nov 2-4; no reports since. Call the CMBO hotline for more information.

A RUFOUS/ALLENS HUMMINGBIRD is visiting a feeder in Toms River Nov 2-3. Birders are welcome, but must call Mr. or Mrs. Broadwater to make an appointment at 732-505-2216.

A BARNACLE GOOSE has appeared sporadically this week at Hamilton Veterans Park. Look for the bird in the Canada Goose flock on the lake. Other birds there were PECTORAL SANDPIPER, NASHVILLE and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and AMERICAN PIPIT. Access is off of Klockner or Whitehorse-Hamilton Roads (DeLorme P. 86, G-9 & 10).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been seen since Nov 2 in the Great Swamp NWR along Pleasant Plains Road near the Heron Rookery; look on both sides of the road just before the closed bridge.

The Alpha Grasslands had a large flock of HORNED LARKS and two LAPLAND LONGSPURS Nov 3.

Sandy Hook hosted large numbers of NORTHERN GANNETS and SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER this week. A flock of eight RED CROSSBILLS were flyovers at parking lot K Nov 3. Also there Nov 1 and 4 was a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW. THE GRASSHOPPER SPARROW continued in the field adjacent to K-lot through Nov 4.

Big Brook Park in Marlboro Nov 3 had a DICKCISSEL; PRAIRIE, NASHVILLE, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS; LINCOLNS, WHITE-CROWNED and FOX SPARROWS. From the intersection of Rte. 79 and 520 in Marlboro, head east on Rte. 520 for approximately 0.5 miles to the entrance on the right (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

A COMMON EIDER was found in the ocean off Spring Lake Nov 1. A belated report of three COMMON EIDERS was received from Barnegat Light; birds there this week included returning HARLEQUIN DUCKS, PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and SNOW BUNTINGS.

Two MARBLED GODWITS and a PARASITIC JAEGER were found at Island Beach Nov 1.

A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Manahawkin WMA Nov 1.

An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL and twenty-five LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted Oct 31 at Florence. Three LESSER BLACK-BACKS were found on Spruce Run Reservoir Nov 2.

Raccoon Ridge continued to have good hawk flights this week, with a single-day high of seven GOLDEN EAGLES and several NORTHERN GOSHAWKS. A fly-by YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was reported there Nov 3.

A Dec 7 pelagic trip originally scheduled from Brielle has moved to Barnegat Inlet aboard the Doris Mae IV. Contact FONT at 302-529-1876. Space is still available on a Lewes, DE pelagic Nov 16; call 215-234-6805 for details.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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