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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/19/2001
This is the voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday December 19 with reports of review list species BELL'S VIREO and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, plus LARK SPARROW, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, SNOWY OWLS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RED-NECKED GREBE, notable roosts of blackbirds and robins, and Christmas Count results. Compilers, please send or call in your results.

A BELL'S VIREO was found Sunday December 16 on the Cape May Count and was seen again at least through Monday December 17. The bird is on Cape Island just north of West Cape May. Take the Seashore Road bridge over the canal and continue south on Seashore for between 0.6 and 0.7 miles and turn right (west) on Taylor Lane. After a short distance, Taylor forms a loop; head for the extreme southwest corner of the loop, to #23 Taylor Lane. There is no number on the mailbox or on the house, which is beige with green shutters. The house next door--#21--does have the number on the mailbox. Number 23 has the only native thick brush remaining in the housing development. Stand at the end of the driveway next to the garage, and check the brush and thickets lining the right and back sides of the yard. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW has been seen in the same yard.

The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at 404 Central Avenue in Cape May Point continues and was found on the Christmas Count.

2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were on the feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuaries in Bernardsville on Wednesday December 19. Also present at the Sanctuaries were PINE SISKINS, EASTERN TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and PILEATED WOODPECKER, all at or near the Hoffman building.

3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were flyovers at Merrill Creek Sunday December 16.

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE found Sunday December 16 on the Sussex Christmas Count was seen again Monday and Tuesday. From the town of Monroe on Route 94, take Old Prospect School Rd. and turn left on Davis Rd. The bird has been seen on Davis Road at the first cleared area on the left. This is almost right on the Sparta Twp./Hardyston line.

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE was found near Spruce Run on the Northwest Hunterdon Count Sunday December 16. From Route 31 and Van Syckles Road, head west on Van Syckles past the Spruce Run Recreation Area entrance to the large gravel parking lot on the left, with the "Dog Training Area" sign. The bird was in this vicinity and then seen flying farther west. A roost of roughly 100,000 AMERICAN ROBINS and 40,000 EUROPEAN STARLINGS masses along Van Syckles Road near Route 31 every evening, and a PEREGRINE FALCON was found hunting there on the Count

Another roost with spectacle factor at dawn and dusk is along Shades of Death Rd. in Great Meadows, Warren County, where observers on the Saturday December 16 Walnut Valley Christmas count estimated 230,000 COMMON GRACKLES, 120,000 EUROPEAN STARLINGS, 10,000 RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS, and 10,000 BROWN-HEADED COWBIRDS leaving the phragmites about 1.5 miles from the point where Shades Rd. passes under Rt. 80.

Now for Christmas Count highlights, north to south. Walnut Valley December 16 had a possible count record of about 89 species including RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD at a private feeder, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, 4 BALD EAGLES, and RUFFED GROUSE.

Northwest Hunterdon December 17 had 82 species including the NORTHERN SHRIKE and PEREGRINE, plus GREAT CORMORANT on Round Valley and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Stanton Station Road. To look for the Orange-crowned, take Route 31 south from Route 78 to Stanton Station Road, turn right or west on Stanton Station Road, cross the Raritan River, park immediately on the left, and bird the trail southward from this small county park area.

Sandy Hook December 15 had 109 species including RED-NECKED GREBE, BLACK VULTURE, BROWN THRASHER, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHER, PALM WARBLER and VESPER SPARROW. RED-NECKED GREBE was reported at Sandy Hook again Sunday, north of Spermacetti Cove. Lakehurst December 15 had 103 including YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, WILLET, VIRGINIA RAIL, and 3 BALD EAGLES. Assunpink December 15 had about 90 species including GREAT EGRET, REDHEAD, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and PINE SISKIN.

Cape May December 16 had about 164, including the BELL'S VIREO and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD plus LARK SPARROW, RED-NECKED GREBE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, 2 LITTLE GULLS (off Cape May Point), GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 SNOWY OWLS (Ocean Drive and Stone Harbor), NASHVILLE WARBLER, 2 YELLOW-BREASTED CHATS, 2 GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS, 11 BALTIMORE ORIOLES, 3 COMMON REDPOLLS, and 4 RED-CROSSBILLS and 2 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS.

Finally, in the no further reports department are the Bedminster ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, the Barnegat Light RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, and the Brigantine SNOWY OWLS. Please report these birds if they are seen again.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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