Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/13/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 13, 2007 with reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, PAINTED BUNTING, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A "green" PAINTED BUNTING discovered at Island Beach State Park was observed at said park's nature center feeders Dec 7-12. The bird is often seen in the company of a FOX SPARROW and a NORTHERN CARDINAL.

Sandy Hook's TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through at least Dec 11; look for the bird near the rusty barn north of the scout camp or around the edges of the maintenance buildings just north of there. The GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER remained through at least Dec 10; viewed along the trail between the rusty barn and the bike path. A young male BALTIMORE ORIOLE has been present in the same area and another individual was noted north of the Gunnison lot along Atlantic Drive Dec 8. A WESTERN KINGBIRD was observed north of the scout camp Nov 9. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was detected just north of the south maintenance area Nov 9 and a COMMON REDPOLL was found at north beach the same day. A female KING EIDER and 4 COMMON EIDERS were reported in the ocean off the Visitor Center Dec 12. Also at the hook this week were 1-2 COMMON EIDERS, a dozen HORNED LARKS, and an AMERICAN PIPIT off North Beach; ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER around Spermaceti Cove/ Visitor's Center Dec 7-8; up to 110 SNOW BUNTINGS off B-lot, Gunnsion Beach, and North Beach; and 2 PINE SISKINS over Gunnison Beach Dec 8. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

A SANDHILL CRANE continued at Thompson Park in Lincroft through Dec 11; the bird was found in the fields to the left of the gravel road to Marlu Lake.

Highlights from a visit to Assunpink WMA Dec 9 included a NORTHERN SHRIKE in the field near the famed mulberry trees and the dam of the lake; RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and 3 PURPLE FINCHES.

Three SHORT-EARED OWLS were found along Cedar Run Dock Road in Ocean County Dec 6. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted at the end of Stafford Ave in Manahawkin Dec 10.

2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at the end of Mott's Creek Road, with another present off the end of Leed's Point Road, both north of Brigantine NWR Dec 6. Also at Leed's Point was an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER.

The Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Rd) hosted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, HORNED LARKS, and SNOW BUNTINGS Dec 9.

At Pedricktown Marsh 95 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted Dec 9.


A pelagic Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Jan 4; this eight-hour trip will seek pelagic species including Northern Fulmar, Razorbill, white-winged gulls, and possible Dovekie, Atlantic Puffin, and Black- legged Kittiwake. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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