This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 10, 2009 with reports of IVORY GULL, WESTERN GREBE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
The juvenile IVORY GULL continues through Dec 9 at Cape May: see http://www.birdcapemay.org for daily reports.
The WESTERN GREBE continues off South Amboy's Waterfront Park through Dec 7; more information about birding here can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was seen at Sandy Hook Dec 9. The bird was viewed in the field west of Atlantic Dr just north of Gunnison Lot (this area is known as Granger Field). Although the bird was looked for afterwards by the initial observer, it was not relocated, but may still be in the area. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The SPOTTED TOWHEE was still present at Palmyra through Dec 9. It is most often seen in the area around the southwest corner of "the big pit" near the benches; this area has also been described as near the intersection of the Red-winged Blackbird and Saw-whet trails.
A late NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was discovered at Manahawkin WMA Dec 6.
Reports from the DeKorte Center at the NJ Meadowlands Dec 6 included CANVASBACK, 2 BALD EAGLES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and LONG-BILLED DOWITCHER.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings Dec 9 included 1000 SNOW GEESE, RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 4 HORNED GREBES, and 17 SNOW BUNTINGS.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen at Great Swamp NWR Dec 6.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue this week at Lenape Park in Cranford. To look for the birds park in the lot off Kenilworth Blvd and walk on the dike towards Westfield (away from Kenilworth); stop about ten feet past the first sign on the dike and look in the trees to the right.
A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed in Monroe Twp Dec 3.
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