This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Dec 13 with reports of Review List SKUA, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, plus SNOWY OWLS, local and seasonal reports of interest, and a call for help on two Christmas Counts.
A pelagic trip off Brielle Dec 11 produced ATLANTIC PUFFIN, probable GREAT SKUA, and lots of KITTIWAKES.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found Dec 8 in Cape May near the CVS drugstore on Perry Street at the Cape May/West Cape May boundary. The bird was seen also at other spots nearby.
Meanwhile, the ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD was still being seen Dec 8 [and up to Dec 13- transcriber's note] in the Wilson backyard at 4076 Bayshore Road near the entrance to Hidden Valley Riding Stables. Park on the wide grassy shoulder across the road and go around the house to the backyard. Do not park in driveways.
SNOWY OWLS were reported this week at night in Cape May, at Brig in the west pool, and in Avalon between 61st and 64th streets. Other earlier-reported owls were not reported this week.
Some 75 CANVASBACKS (increasingly scarce) were at DeKorte State Park in the Lyndhurst impoundment Dec 10 and a PEREGRINE was reported on the towers nearby.
Interesting for the location was a PEREGRINE on Dove Island in Swartswood Lake.
Several Christmas counts need help: Lower Hudson on Sun Dec 17 and Boonton Sat Dec 23. For either or both, call Glenn at 973-335-1510. Assunpink, Dec. 17, also seeks participants: Susan, (732) 870-3210.
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