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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 11/9/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, November 8, 2006 with reports of CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, SWAINSON'S HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER, MARBLED GODWIT, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, PARASITIC JAEGER, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, CAVE SWALLOW, YELLOW- BREASTED CHAT, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

An amazing flight of short-distance migrants took place on November 3 at Sandy Hook and Cape May featuring more HERMIT THRUSHES than anyone had ever seen before with four digit tallies at both locations. Four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS circled the Cape May Hawkwatch Nov. 5, while WHITE-WINGED DOVE flew by that same location Nov. 5. A CAVE SWALLOW was also observed there Nov. 2 and 3.

A SWAINSON'S HAWK was observed at Turkey Point, Glades Refuge in Cumberland County Nov. 4

An adult COMMON EIDER passed the seawatch at Avalon Nov. 5, while a RED-NECKED GREBE appeared off North Wildwood, Nov. 4. Nummy Island, Stone Harbor was home to 25 MARBLED GODWITS and six Western WILLETS, Nov. 4

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR featured 142 TUNDRA SWANS and a RED-NECKED GREBE Nov. 5 and two AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER Nov. 6. Several HARLEQUIN DUCKS were observed at Barnegat Light SP Nov. 6, with hundreds of NORTHERN GANNETS reported off Long Beach Island the same day.

Island Beach State Park, Nov. 6 hosted a SNOW BUNTING, a HORNED LARK and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, while a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was tallied there Nov. 4.

The enormous flight at Sandy Hook Nov. 3 also featured a VESPER SPARROW, a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, a BALTIMORE ORIOLE, six SNOW BUNTINGS, PINE SISKIN and several flyover PURPLE FINCHES, while a RED- HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT were noted there Nov. 4. Nov. 5 at the Hook featured 17 SNOW BUNTINGS and two REDHEAD at the salt pond at the north end, two VESPER SPARROWS at K-lot, and an Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW also a the salt pond. Three PARASITIC JAEGERS were discovered off C-lot at Sandy Hook Nov. 6 with one still present Nov. 7.

CATTLE EGRET, a bird now rare in the state away from Salem County, was photographed at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Nov. 3 and a VESPER SPARROW was discovered at Lake Como Nov. 5.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was observed at the Great Swamp NWR Nov. 6 and 7. The bird is often found near the gazebo overlook and in the vicinity of the Friend's office. Mornings and late afternoons seem to be the best time to locate this bird.

Assiscong Marsh in Hunterdon County hosted a CACKLING GOOSE Nov. 8 and 9, while two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were present there Nov. 2 and an amazing 64 on Nov. 6. A RED-NECKED GREBE was at Spruce Run near the campground the Nov. 6.

A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found at the Sussex County dump Nov. 7 and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Culver's Lake Nov. 2 and 7. Four PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were also noted at Culver's Lake Nov. 2. GOLDEN EAGLES peaked at 16 at the Raccoon Ridge hawkwatch Nov. 3.

Three COMMON RAVENS were observed at Alpine Nov. 3, while the RED- HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the Duck Pond in Ridgewood. Two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were tallied at the Willowwood Arboretum in Chester Nov. 6

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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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