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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/12/2002
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 Dec. 7-8.

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.

 
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