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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/15/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 15, 2005 with reports of BLACK GUILLEMOT, "possible" THAYER'S GULL, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, GOLDEN EAGLE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The BLACK GUILLEMOT discovered last week at Barnegat Inlet was still there through Dec 13 and may still be present. The bird is usually viewed anywhere from roughly half way out the south jetty to the bulkhead just outside the entrance to the state park. On Dec 10 it was even further west in the bay along Bayview Ave near H Street and the Coast Guard Base. Also noted Dec 10 at Barnegat Light State Park were HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 17 COMMON EIDERS off the north jetty with the scoter flock, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SNOW BUNTINGS, and a flyover COMMON REDPOLL.

A "possible second-winter THAYER'S GULL" was studied at Spruce Run Reservoir Dec 12-13. From Van Syckles Rd make the first left after passing the tollbooths, drive for approximately one mile to the boat launch and gravel parking lot. The bird was seen both days between 7:30-8:00 am before departing. A first-winter ICELAND GULL was noted at the boat launch Dec 11.

The immature RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD in Verga, Gloucester County continues through at least Dec 12. The homeowner is willing to have birders visit; please be considerate and discreet when parking and viewing the bird. From Rte 295 south take exit 23. At the top of the ramp, turn right onto Hessian. Make the next right onto Pedan in about 1/10 of a mile, then the next right onto Brewer. The house is the second on the right, with a white picket fence (address is 1076 Brewer Ave). Walk up the driveway to the backyard. The feeder is hanging from the roof of the porch. Also check the flowers in the yard for the bird (DeLorme P. 54, F-5).

A flock of seven AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was found at Sandy Hook Dec 11 and roosted at Skeleton Hill Island, visible from Spermaceti Cove through 9 am Dec 12. Also at the Hook this week were a flock of 14 REDHEADS with the large flock of BLACK SCOTER, SURF SCOTER, and WHITE- WINGED SCOTER off C-lot Dec 8, 2-5 REDHEADS and an AMERICAN BITTERN at Spermaceti Cove Dec 11-14, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Spermaceti Cove Dec 12-14, 3 REDHEADS at Plum Island Dec 14, a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Raccoon Alley Dec 12 and a very late ROYAL TERN at B-lot Dec 11. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

North Shore reports included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant (the first lake south of Manasquan Inlet along Ocean Dr) Dec 10-11 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Wreck Pond.

Island Beach State Park Dec 10-12 hosted 6-7 COMMON EIDERS, HARLEQUIN DUCK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, 32 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a COMMON REDPOLL.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was viewed at Brigantine NWR Dec 11 and again Dec 13. Also there were BLUE-WINGED TEAL and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

In Salem County a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found among HORNED LARKS at the intersection of Pennsgrove-Auburn Rd and Pointers-Auburn Rd Dec 9. On Sunset Dr near Mannington Marsh 15 AMERICAN PIPITS were detected in a sod field near where the pavement ends Dec 10.

A CACKLING GOOSE was gleaned from a large flock of Canada Geese along Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel, adjacent to Thompson Park Dec 15.

Two COMMON RAVENS were out of place at Snake Hill in the Hackensack Meadowlands Dec 14. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was also reported there this week.

At Garret Mountain the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues in the woods across the road from the horse stables Dec 14.

The Allendale Celery Farm hosted 1-2 AMERICAN BITTERNS and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS Dec 10-11, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD Dec 11. One VIRGINIA RAIL was still present Dec 15.

Birds noted at Liberty State Park this week included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, 28 DUNLIN, HORNED LARKS, and SNOW BUNTING.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The December 30 Pelagic Christmas Bird Count is full; to sign on the waiting last please call See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

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

 
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