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
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
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. An 8 hour
pelagic Christmas Count is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 2 for more
information contact the above or check out the website at
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.