This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, December 12,
2002 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, PAINTED
BUNTING, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON
EIDER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, MARBLED GODWIT, SHORT-EARED OWL, HORNED
LARKS, WESTERN KINGBIRD, AMERICAN PIPITS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER,
LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, results of a pelagic trip out of
Barnegat Light and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was last reported Dec. 8 on the salt marsh from
17th Ave., No. Wildwood. Also check the west ends of 19th and 26th
Avenues. The WHITE-WINGED DOVE on Bayshore Rd. in Cape May has not been
seen since Dec. 5. A female PAINTED BUNTING found at Higbee Beach in
Cape May was still present Dec. 10 at the back end of the second field.
A female BARROWS GOLDENEYE returned to Horseshoe Cove on Sandy Hook
Dec. 10. As many as 21 HARLEQUIN DUCKS are frequenting NJs most
reliable location for this species the south jetty at Barnegat Light SP
along with an imm. male COMMON EIDER. A EURASIAN WIGEON was present at
Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR Dec. 8.
Other waterfowl reports include: 3 TUNDRA SWANS at Mannington Marsh
Dec. 8 and two at Crown Point Road near Thorofare Dec. 7, while the
Dekorte Center in the Hackensack Meadows, Lyndhurst hosted 175
CANVASBACKS Dec. 8 and another 142 were tallied at National Park Dec.
7. Merrill Creek Res. hosted 3 REDHEAD Dec. 10 and Cedar Grove Res. had
300 RUDDY DUCKS Dec. 8 (Delorme P.32, B-6).
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted on Dec 8 at Manahawkin and Oberly Road
Alpha Dec. 8 (Delorme P.28, N-4). As many as three SHORT-EARED OWLS
were observed from Stafford Ave. Manahawkin and Cedar Run Dock Road
Dec. 7 and 8 (Delorme P. 59, D-4). Five MARBLED GODWITS were present at
Brigantine Is. near Atlantic City Dec. 7 (Delorme P.71, F-22).
The WESTERN KINGBIRD at the Beanery in Cape May was last reported Dec.
8. HORNED LARKS peaked at 150+ along Nimrod Rd. in Mannington Dec. 8,
with other reports including 80 at Rt. 519 in Harmony Dec. 7, 50 at
Oberly Rd. in Alpha Dec. 8, 20+ at Barnegat Light SP Dec. 7 and 13 at
Sandy Hook Dec. 7. Three AMERICAN PIPITS were present on Plum Is. on
Sandy Hook Dec. 7.
An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was present near the North Beach Pavilion on
Sandy Hook Dec. 9 and 12, while two were also present near the
visitors center there Dec. 12. Another was reported in the town of
Clayton Dec. 8. Four IPSWICH SAVANNAH SPARROWS were identified at
Barnegat Light SP Dec. 7. Oberly Road in Alpha is hosting a LAPLAND
LONGSPUR among the flock of HORNED LARKS, along with two SNOW
BUNTINGS. Four other SNOW BUNTINGS were noted in the Mannington area
A pelagic trip out of Barnegat Light Dec. 7 to Hudson Canyon on the
Doris Mae reported N. FULMAR, GREATER SHEARWATERS, MANX SHEARWATERS, RED
PHALAROPE, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, GLAUCOUS, ICELAND and
LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL and ATLANTIC PUFFIN.
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.