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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/18/2003
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 for details.

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 18.

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 Rt. 15.

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 14.

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.

Announcements:

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.

 
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