Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/1/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 1, 2011 with reports of ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN TANAGER, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, PARASITIC JAEGER, SNOWY OWL, seasonal & local reports of interest.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and a WESTERN TANAGER were discovered at Barnegat Light State Park Nov 26. The WESTERN TANAGER remained through Nov 28 and was found along the path between the parking lot and the visitor center. Birds noted around Barnegat Inlet Nov 26-28 included 200 COMMON EIDERS and a female KING EIDER at the old 8th street jetty, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 5-7 PARASITIC JAEGERS, 700 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, LITTLE GULL, and BLACK-HEADED GULL. A second-year GLAUCOUS GULL was in the inlet Nov 30. At nearby 3rd Street just outside the park, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and a late ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK were detected Nov 27.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found in Ramapo Mountain State Forest Nov 26. The bird was at an overlook near the intersection of the red and yellow trails.

The Merrill Creek SNOWY OWL continued through at least Nov 26; viewed on the rocky slope below the main dam.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2 COMMON EIDERS, a female KING EIDER, and 70 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off the Visitor Center, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS near the fisherman's trail, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at G-lot, PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN, all Nov 26. A PARASITIC JAEGER was harassing gulls off the false hook Nov 27 and an AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at Plum Island Nov 29.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was noted at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Nov 27-30 and 55 TUNDRA SWANS were in the northwest pool Nov 28.

Sightings from Palmyra Cove this week included 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS Nov 25, a late GREEN HERON Nov 26, NASHVILLE WARBLER and 3 BALTIMORE ORIOLES Nov 27; also there were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, WINTER WREN, FOX SPARROW, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was over Seabrook Rd at Mannington Marsh, Salem Co. Nov 30.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Nov 27-30.

Three CACKLING GEESE were seen on Lake Etra near Hightstown Nov 26. Another trio of CACKLING GEESE were noted on the Delaware River from Riverton Nov 30.

Sightings from the Great Swamp NWR this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN at the garden club blind boardwalk and 200 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS near the bridge on Pleasant Plains Rd.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Round Valley Reservoir Nov 26.

Willowood Arboretum near Chester had a late BLUE GROSBEAK Nov 26.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Glenhurst Meadows Nov 28.

Two REDHEADS continue at Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Twp through Nov 25.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Nov 24.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found on Darlington Lake in Mahwah, where a female EURASIAN WIGEON continued through Nov 25.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Waterwheel Farm in Fredon Twp Nov 25.

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