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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/14/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 14, 2006 with reports of EARED GREBE, GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

The two EARED GREBES continue through Dec 14 at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rtes 9 & 40/322 go east on 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here or opposite adjacent blocks (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

A WESTERN TANAGER was discovered at Higbee Beach WMA in Cape May this week: call the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.

A truant OSPREY was noted at Brigantine NWR Dec 14.

Barnegat Inlet hosted 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 60 COMMON EIDERS, and 30 HORNED LARKS Dec 9.

North Shore reports this week were of an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at Manasquan Inlet Dec 9, a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach Dec 10, an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Wreck Pond Dec 10 and a RED-NECKED GREBE at the Belmar Marina Dec 9. A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was detected off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Dec 13.

Sandy Hook sightings this week were of a flock of all 3 Scoter species off C-lot, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at north pond, and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS near north beach. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A first-year ICELAND GULL was noted at the boat ramp at the end of Park St in Bordentown Dec 9.

Twelve RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were found at the Pole Farm in Mercer County Dec 12.

An AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN was found at Round Valley Reservoir Dec 14. Other Hunterdon County sightings this week included 2 CACKLING GEESE at Assiscong Marsh Dec 12 and RED-THROATED LOON, 3 LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Spruce Run Reservoir. The longspur was found at the boat ramp with 30+ HORNED LARKS Dec 13.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again in the Great Swamp NWR Dec 10. The bird was found to the left of the heron rookery parking lot at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd and observed between 4:10 and 4:30 pm.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found along the Ramapo River in Mahwah Dec 11-12. Look for the bird from the end of Halifax Ave off Rte 202. in the fields opposite Ramapo College or the large pool in the river near Henry Lake.

Five RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and a PILEATED WOODPECKER were noted a Lenape Park in Cranford Dec 12.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic Christmas Bird Count is scheduled from Belmar Jan 5 in search of gulls, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written details) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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