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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/16/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, December 16, 2004 with reports of EARED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN WHITE PELICAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, CAVE SWALLOW, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Four AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS were present Dec. 11-12 in a Green Acres area south of Plainsboro Road, west of Cranbury in Middlesex County and have not been reported since Dec. 12. These are probably the same four birds reported in the Bronx, NY on Dec. 9.

A SNOWY OWL was discovered at the Holgate section of Long Beach Island Dec. 12 and was last reported Dec. 16. The owl had been observed from the middle of the peninsula to the southern tip. Other birds present at Holgate this week included "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW and SNOW BUNTING.

Continuing birds include: the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE still present at Cedar Run Dock Road as of Dec. 14 (DeLorme P.71, C-26) and the two EARED GREBES at Lake's Bay in Atlantic County with one of the birds last reported there Dec. 14. From the intersection of Rt. 9 and Rtes. 40/322 go east on Rtes. 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave. and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova Ave. to the bay and search here for the birds.

A CAVE SWALLOW was discovered over Cedar Run Dock Road Dec. 12, as well as two SHORT-EARED OWLS Dec. 14.

A RAZORBILL flew by North Beach on Sandy Hook Dec. 12 and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered in front of the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Dec. 16. The out of season BROAD-WINGED HAWK was still present at Sandy Hook as of Dec. 12 at Spermaceti.Cove.

Barnegat Light State Park Dec. 13 hosted several COMMON EIDERS and the winter resident flock of 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Manasquan Inlet Dec. 11 featured 60+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS and a flyby SNOW BUNTING. The EURASIAN WIGEON was still present near the Cracker Barrel in Shark River Estuary in Shark River Hills Dec. 11.

The Sussex County Landfill in Sussex was home to a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an immature ICELAND GULL and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Dec. 9, while an ICELAND GULL was noted at Culver's Lake Dec. 10. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were observed at Round Valley Reservoir Dec. 13.

An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was still present at the Beanery in Cape May Dec. 12 along with a late CAVE SWALLOW. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were reported in Union Dec. 12 and 13.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure (plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website for more details http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers

See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic Christmas Bird Count from Belmar, NJ for winter seabirds. The trip is 8 hours long, which is shorter than usual. The cost is $70 plus an optional $5 CBC fee. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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