Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/16/2010
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 16, 2010 with reports of KING EIDER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included an immature male KING EIDER off the E-lot/Visitor?s Center area Dec 10-11 along with COMMON EIDER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the end of the fisherman?s trail and 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted Dec 11?one near C-lot and another around north pond. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

North Shore reports this week were of the continuing EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Lake Takanasee?usually in the third or fourth pond west in the chain, 2 female REDHEADS on Lake Como, a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL and first-cycle ICELAND GULL at Manasquan Inlet, and two flyover RED CROSSBILLS at Pullman Ave in Elberon, all Dec 11. A HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed off Pullman Ave Dec 13. Ten REDHEADS (nine males and a female) were at Lake Como Dec 14. More information about birding the northern north shore can be found at


Island Beach State Park had a first-cycle ICELAND GULL and an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL off the first bathing pavilion Dec 11.

A GOLDEN EAGLE was noted over Rte 18 in East Freehold Dec 10.

Tidal flats at the south end of Brigantine Island hosted 20 MARBLED GODWITS, 20 WESTERN WILLETS, 250 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and an AMERICAN BITTERN Dec 11.

Sixty SNOW BUNTINGS were noted at the model airplane field at the NJ Meadowlands Dec 11.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted at Hamilton Veterans Park Dec 11.

Two ICELAND GULLS and 11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found at Florence Dec 9.

Two CACKLING GEESE were noted at Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge Dec 11.


A near-shore Pelagic Trip is scheduled for Saturday January 22, 2011 from Belmar NJ. This 8-hour trip will search for alcids including Razorbill, murres, Atlantic Puffin, plus Black-legged Kittiwake and other ?good? gulls. Cost is $115. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or info@paulagics.com

The Boonton CBC is looking for additional observers; if you are interested in participating in this Morris County count, please contact Rick Radis at isotria AT verizon.net

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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