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
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
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
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.
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