This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 18, 2003
with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, KING EIDER, REDHEAD,
DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and a pelagic trip announcement.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW and ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continued in Cape May
this week. The Cape May CBC recorded 152 speciescall the CMBO Hotline
The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again in the Great Swamp NWR Dec 13 near
the no access road at the dog-leg turn on Pleasant Plains Road. A
SHORT-EARED OWL was seen from the overlook there Dec 16.
Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was found at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat
launch Dec 13. The bird may also move into adjacent Spruce Run WMA.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Merrill Creek Reservoir Dec
The Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette had 2 ICELAND GULLS and single
GLAUCOUS GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Dec. 16. The landfill is
located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with
Birds at Liberty State Park this week included 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS,
SHORT-EARED OWL, 14 AMERICAN PIPITS, and 3 FOX SPARROWS. Kearny Marsh
had a very late COMMON MOORHEN the same day.
Sandy Hook continues to host a large SNOW BUNTING flock along with
several LAPLAND LONGSPURS, most often found in the dunes around the end
of the Fisherman's Trail. A BROWN PELICAN was reported near the ferry
dock Dec 17.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found on Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach Dec
Highlights of the Dec 13 Belmar pelagic were GREATER SHEARWATER,
ICELAND GULL, 5200 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 5 DOVEKIES, COMMON MURRE,
and 16 RAZORBILLS.
Forty-one REDHEADS and a variety of bay ducks were noted at Snug
Harbor, Toms River Dec 13. Snug Harbor is located on Fischer Blvd
across from the super Wawa (DeLorme P. 50 L-10).
Island Beach State Park had 9 COMMON EIDERS and 4 KING EIDERS, and
LAPLAND LONGSPUR Dec 13.
Barnegat Light Dec 13 hosted KING EIDER and COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN
DUCK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Nearby Manahawkin WMA had
ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS this week. Seven SHORT-EARED
OWLS were tallied at Cedar Run Dock Road the same day.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found near Mount Holly Dec 16. To reach the
site exit Rte. 295 at exit 45a. Follow a road that parallels the
turnpike and look for a school. Go around the school and past the leaf
dump until you hit a gate. Look for the bird in the brushy area near
the road (P. 47, K-25).
The Northwest Hunterdon CBC had 73 species including MERLIN and BROWN
THRASHER. The Assunpink CBC had 79 species including LONG-EARED OWL and
NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL.
An eight-hour Pelagic Christmas Bird Count will take place Jan 2 out of
Belmar. Contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List
Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding
and thanks for calling and reporting.