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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/11/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, December 11, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, ICELAND GULL, LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, (possible) THAYER'S GULL, BARN OWL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, AMERICAN PIPIT, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN, pelagic birding trip notices and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Barnegat Light State Park is this week's hotspot with reports of ten COMMON EIDERS Dec. 4 and three Dec. 8, four KING EIDERS (two first year males and two females) Dec. 4, a week's high of 13 HARLEQUIN DUCKS Dec. 8, 77 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Dec. 4, six "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS Dec 4, seven LAPLAND LONGSPURS Dec. 4 as well as two Dec. 8, and 150 SNOW BUNTINGS and 25 HORNED LARKS Dec. 8.

Sandy Hook was home to as many as eight LAPLAND LONGSPURS this week accompanied by 250 SNOW BUNTINGS all at the Fishermen's Beach north end of the Hook. A RED-NECKED GREBE was discovered at the C-lot on Sandy Hook Dec. 8 and an EURASIAN WIGEON at Shark River Estuary near the Cracker Barrel Dec. 9.

Conaskonk Point Dec. 10 hosted 2,000 GREATER SCAUP, a juv. light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and five AMERICAN PIPITS, while one of the dark bellied forms of BRANT was observed at the Old Bridge Waterfront Park the same day. A birding map of the Raritan Bayshore is available at the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen at the dogleg of Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Dec. 5 and a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at the gazebo there Dec. 7.

The Sussex County Landfill in Sussex was also a hot bed of activity this week with the following reports: a possible THAYER'S GULL Dec. 4-5, GLAUCOUS GULL Dec. 5, and three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and three ICELAND GULLS throughout the week as well as a pair of LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a couple of SNOW BUNTINGS were noted in a HORNED LARK flock on Washburn Road in Mansfield Dec 9 (Delorme P. 29, F-21), while two dozen WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were noted on nearby Thomas Road the same day. Thirty WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were tallied on Oil City Road in the Wallkill River NWR just beyond the parking lot Dec. 5.

Five BARN OWLS were observed after sunset at Liberty State Park Dec. 8, while a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was recorded at Columbia Lakes Dec. 4.

A small flock of PINE SISKINS were seen along Clinton Road in West Milford, Dec. 9, while three COMMON REDPOLLS were discovered at Manasquan Inlet also Dec. 9. Let's hope this is a harbinger of things to come.

Space is still available for the Saturday, December 13 pelagic out of Brielle on the Suzie Girl, leaving at 6:00 a.m. and arriving back at 5:00 p.m. with the cost $95. For more information, please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or paul@paulagics.com. An 8 hour pelagic Christmas Count is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 2 for more information contact the above or check out the website at http://www.paulagics.com

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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