Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/11/2001
This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, December 11 at 5 p.m. with reports of review list species ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, as well as LITTLE GULL, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWLS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and LITTLE BLUE HERON.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at the Upper Raritan Watershed Association office, aka Fairview Farm, in Bedminster continues as of Saturday, December 8. From the junction of Route 206 and Route 512/Pottersville Road, turn west on Pottersville Road and proceed .8 miles to a left turn onto Larger Cross Road. Fairview Farm is one half mile on the right. The bird was last seen at 10:30 near the barn at at 11:20 near the house.

The most recent report of the female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Barnegat Light was Saturday December 8. The bird is coming to a backyard feeder at 29 W. 9th St. in Barnegat Light, but is sometimes found perched in the vicinity and not at the feeder. Visitors should park on the street and walk up the left side of the house (which is pink), up the outside stairs, and stand quietly at the first corner of the outside deck. The hummingbird feeder is attached to the clothes-line right off the back of the deck. Please be courteous to the owner.

RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was found in Cape May Point Monday December 10 and previously. Most recently it was at 404 Central Ave., one-half block from Lily Lake. View the feeder on the left side of the house from the street. The bird started out in the yard across the street #407 Central Ave. Other Cape May Point reports include COMMON REDPOLLS and CLAY-COLORED SPARROW.

3 LITTLE GULLS (2 adults and 1 1st-winter) were with 100 BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Manasquan Inlet on Thursday December 6, and a EURASIAN WIGEON was at Old Sam's Pond that day.

No reports of the Brigantine SNOWY OWLS, EURASIAN WIGEON, etc. were received this week. The Sandy Hook TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was not found December 7-8 despite searching.

A new SNOWY OWL was in Plainsboro Tuesday December 11. From Route 1, take Scudders Mill Road east to the intersection with Plainsboro Road. The bird was seen in the vicinity of this intersection.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue to be found at Kuser Bog in High Point State Park, with the most recent report from Sunday December 9.

A confused immature LITTLE BLUE HERON was reported lingering in Henderson Cove, Lake Hopatcong on Monday December 10.

Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in Bernardsville on December 9 and 11 had lingering YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and Fox Sparrow, plus flyover PINE SISKIN and PURPLE FINCH, all near the building. PILEATED WOODPECKERS have been feeding regularly on trees above the building behind the fenced area, visible from the parking lot.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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