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
3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were flyovers at Merrill Creek Sunday
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
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
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
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
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