Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/19/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 19, 2002 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, PAINTED BUNTING, VARIED THRUSH, SNOWY OWL, LITTLE GULL, KING EIDER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and Christmas Count results.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues from 26th and 19th Streets in Wildwood, the PAINTED BUNTING was seen again at Higbee Beach, a WESTERN TANAGER was still in Rio Grande, and the WESTERN KINGBIRD continues at the Beanery. Call the CMBO Hotline for details.

An adult male VARIED THRUSH was discovered in Knowlton, Sussex County at the intersection of Wishing Well and Mt. Pleasant Roads Dec 13-15. From Rt. 94 in Knowlton, take Frog Pond Rd. and bear left on Wishing Well Rd. When you reach the intersection with Mt. Pleasant, turn right and the bird was near the first driveway on the right by house # 120 (DeLorme P. 22, I-10).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen on Maple Road in Franklin Dec 15 (DeLorme P. 24, A-10). From Rt. 94 in Monroe, take Old Prospect School Road, turn left on Davis and right on Maple. Look for the bird from the bridge at the bottom of the hill. The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE continues this week near the ditch at the end of Pleasant Plains Road.

A ROSSS GOOSE and a GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE were found with 8,000+ CANADA GEESE and SNOW GEESE on Merrill Creek Reservoir Dec 18; best bet is to look from the tower outlet in the afternoon.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was among the Canada Goose flock in Oldwick Dec 12-13. From Rt. 78 take Rt. 517 north through Oldwick and turn right on Homestead Road. The bird was in corn stubble just past the intersection with Fox Hill Road (DeLorme P. 30, L-1).

A ROSSS GOOSE was located in Somerset Dec 18. Exit Rt. 287 at exit 13; turn left on Weston Canal Road. Go through the first light at Cottontail, take the second left onto Randolph and take to the end.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found Dec. 15, but not seen on subsequent days, at the Mercer Co. Equestrian Center. Exit Interstate 295/95 at Federal City Road, go north to the second light, turn left on 546 then make the first right. The farm is ahead on the left, past the entrance to Rosedale Park. The bird was in a hedgerow behind the paddocks.

A SNOWY OWL was found between Gunnison Beach and the Fishermans trail Dec 14-15. A RED-NECKED GREBE was in the bay off SHBO Dec 13. The female BARROWS GOLDENEYE has returned to Horseshoe Cove and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there Dec 16. Two BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES were off C-Lot Dec 14.

Six COMMON EIDERS were with a large scoter flock off the Holgate parking lot Dec 12; the flock sometimes can be found just north around the jetties (DeLorme P.59, L-17).

At Absecon Inlet in Atlantic City three King and one COMMON EIDERS are present at the north end of the city, near the Taj Mahal Casino. Three MARBLED GODWITS continue at nearby Brigantine Island.

The following are Christmas Bird Count results: Sussex County Dec 15 had 86 species including LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, LONG-EARED OWL, EASTERN PHOEBES and RAVEN. Princeton Dec 15 had 92 species including GREAT CORMORANT, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and VESPER SPARROW. Sandy Hook Dec 14 had 104 species including NORTHERN GOSHAWK, SHORT-EARED OWL and BROWN THRASHER. Lakehurst Dec 14 had 106 species including LITTLE GULL at Manasquan Inlet, REDHEAD, and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER. Assunpink Dec 15 had 85 species including TUNDRA SWAN and LONG-EARED OWL. Oceanville Dec 14 had 123 species including RAZORBILL, EURASIAN WIGEON (at Brig), SEDGE WREN, SAW-WHET OWL, and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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