Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/21/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 21, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, EARED GREBE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, BLACK BRANT, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, Christmas Bird Count results, and announcements.

Two EARED GREBES continue through Dec 16 at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rtes 9 & 40/322 go east on 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here or opposite adjacent blocks (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found in Salem County where a small flock spent last winter. Look for them around the farmhouse near the corner of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). Brewer's Blackbirds are usually found around livestock, so check the areas with cattle and horses carefully.

A BLACK BRANT, likely a returning bird, was viewed at South Amboy's Waterfront Park Dec 20. Look for the bird among the "pale-bellied" Brant on the athletic fields or along the shoreline. Details can be found at the NJAS website at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO RaritanBirding

A returning female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was noted among a small flock of Common Goldeneye in Sandy Hook Bay just south of SHBO Dec 15-16. Also noted this week at the hook were all 3 Scoter species off C-lot, AMERICAN BITTERN at Spermaceti Cove, 7 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 4 FOX SPARROWS, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, 70+ SNOW BUNTINGS, LAPLAND LONGSPUR at North Beach, and PURPLE FINCH. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A CACKLING GOOSE was found at the Longbridge Rd causeway near Thompson Park Dec 17. A late LINCOLN'S SPARROW was noted at Thompson Park that day.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Great Swamp NWR was detected Dec 14 & 16, seen near the ditch at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd near the Heron Rookery Parking Lot at 7:10 am and between 12-1 pm.

Two CACKLING GEESE continued this week at Assiscong Marsh; also in Hunterdon County Dec 19 were a LONG-TAILED DUCK and 2 LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS at Round Valley Reservoir.

The Mahwah GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen again Dec 16. Look for the bird from the end of Halifax Ave off Rte 202 in the fields opposite Ramapo College or along the river.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again near Layton in Sussex County Dec 17. Look for the bird near the intersection of Rtes 615 & 640 just south of town (DeLorme P 18, I-10). A CACKLING GOOSE was found at Homestead Pond at the Sussex County Library Complex Dec 19.

Christmas Bird Count Results from the weekend follow:

The NJ portion of the Lower Hudson CBC Dec 16 recorded 72 species including 104 CANVASBACKS, 4 WILD TURKEYS, 56 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT- HERONS, MERLIN, and 3 RAVENS.

Sussex CBC Dec 17 had 85 species including RED-NECKED GREBE, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL (the latter two species on Culvers Lake), NORTHERN SHRIKE, and 2 BALTIMORE ORIOLES.

Walnut Valley CBC Dec 16 recorded 85 species including GREAT EGRET, 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, LONG-EARED OWL, BARRED OWL, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Northwest Hunterdon CBC Dec 17 had 92 species including CACKLING GOOSE, REDHEAD, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.

Assunpink CBC Dec 17 tallied 89 species including 2 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, EASTERN PHOEBE, a WESTERN KINGBIRD at Stone Tavern Lake in Assunpink WMA, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and DICKCISSEL along Collier's Mills Rd.

Sandy Hook CBC Dec 16 tallied 109 species including the female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, a male EURASIAN WIGEON off Navesink Ave in Rumson, 2 GREAT EGRETS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

Lakehurst CBC Dec 16 totaled 94 species including CACKLING GOOSE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER at Manasquan Inlet, SORA and VIRGINIA RAILS.

Oceanville CBC Dec 16 had 124 species including the Lakes Bay EARED GREBES, 7 VIRGINIA RAILS, 16 BALD EAGLES, 33 "Western" WILLETS, 21 MARBLED GODWITS, and 272 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS. To view the godwits and other shorebirds at Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet take Rte 30 east into Atlantic City and follow the signs for Brigantine Island. The birds are usually seen on the mudflats west of Atlantic- Brigantine Dr (Rte 87) shortly after crossing the Absecon Channel Bridge. There are two one-block long side streets on the western side of the road that offer good viewing. The best times are a few hours before or after high tide. The birds are also sometimes found east of the bridge. To reach that location cross the bridge over Absecon Channel and go a half-mile to the first traffic light. Turn right and go one block to Lagoon Dr. Turn right on Lagoon and follow it until it ends at a sandy road. Park here and walk out to the beach (DeLorme P. 85, B-23).


A pelagic Christmas Bird Count is scheduled from Belmar Jan 5 in search of gulls, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written details) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

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