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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 2, 2010 with reports of RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, RAZORBILL, CAVE SWALLOW, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD in Interlaken was last reported Nov 28.
Sandy Hook birds this week included a good seabird flight Nov 26 with 5 female KING EIDERS, 2,000 BONAPARTE'S GULLS, an adult LITTLE GULL, 4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, and 46 RAZORBILLS. At least 3 KING EIDERS remained through Nov 29 along with 13 COMMON EIDERS. Smaller numbers of RAZORBILLS (10 or less) continued off B-lot, C-lot, and the end of the fisherman's road through Nov 29. Single RED-NECKED GREBES were observed off B-lot Nov 25 and the Visitor's Center Nov 28. Another LITTLE GULL, a late ROYAL TERN and 2 CAVE SWALLOWS were found Nov 27. Two late BARN SWALLOWS continued around the north end through Nov 29 and single ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS were noted that day at north pond and at the salt pond. A CACKLING GOOSE was noted a Nov 25 and a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was detected in the K-lot that day. A late COMMON TERN was observed at C-lot Dec 2. Up to 60 SNOW BUNTINGS have been around the hook's beaches this week. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
North Shore reports this week included the "Common" EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the third pond in the Lake Takanassee complex (near the Fireman's Memorial) through Nov 28, 4 REDHEADS at Lake Como Nov 27, up to 20+ COMMON EIDERS off various streets in Deal, a COMMON MOORHEN at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Nov 27 and 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES there Nov 26, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Sylvan Lake Nov 27, an adult LITTLE GULL off the Sea Bright Municipal Beach Nov 27, and 1-2 RAZORBILLS off Roosevelt & Phillips Aves Nov 27 & 30. More information about birding the northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
Birds noted at Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet Nov 27 were KING EIDER, 30 COMMON EIDERS, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, and a CAVE SWALLOW. Also in Ocean County were 2 CAVE SWALLOWS at Cedar Run Dock Rd Nov 26 & 28.
Brigantine NWR sightings Nov 27-28 included 148 TUNDRA SWANS, 9 REDHEADS and 12 CANVASBACKS at Turtle Cove, 3 AMERICAN BITTERNS, GOLDEN EAGLE, an AMERICAN AVOCET and a SHORT-EARED OWL in the east pool, and 2 CAVE SWALLOWS in the southwest pool. At nearby Mott's Creek Rd 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS were hunting on the evening of Nov 28.
Thirty-four MARBLED GODWITS were noted at the south end of Brigantine Island Nov 28.
Lake Etra in Twin Rivers had a CACKLING GOOSE Nov 25.
Two CAVE SWALLOWS were found at South Amboy Nov 26.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was detected in a Canada Goose flock on the "third" or back pond at Bee Meadow Park in Whippany Nov 25.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were found along the Passaic River at Glenhurst Meadows Nov 25.
Scott's Mountain Hawk Watch recorded a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 3 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 27.
Raccoon Ridge tallied 8 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 27; a NORTHERN GOSHAWK and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES were there Nov 28.
High Point State Park had a RUFFED GROUSE and BARRED OWL at Kuser Bog and 6 SNOW BUNTINGS near the monument Nov 27.
A near-shore Pelagic Trip is scheduled for Saturday January 22, 2011 from Belmar NJ. This 8-hour trip will search for alcids including Razorbill, murres, Atlantic Puffin, plus Black-legged Kittiwake and other "good" gulls. Cost is $115. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or firstname.lastname@example.org
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