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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/23/2010
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 23, 2010 with reports of EARED GREBE, Christmas Bird Count results, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

An EARED GREBE appeared at Shark River Inlet Dec 17-18 and what was probably the same individual was seen at Manasquan Inlet Dec 19--no reports since. Other North Shore reports this week were of 2 CACKLING GEESE at the Sea Girt parade grounds Dec 20, 5 COMMON EIDERS at Manasquan Inlet Dec 19, single RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan Inlet Dec 17-20 and another at Shark River Estuary Dec 19, 60 PURPLE SANDPIPERS at Manasquan Inlet Dec 19-20, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at Manasquan Inlet Dec 19, single ICELAND GULLS at Manasquan Inlet Dec 17 & 19 and Shark River Inlet Dec 18, a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL at Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Dec 20 and another BLACK-HEADED GULL off Phillips Ave in Deal Dec 22, and adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Manasquan Inlet, Sylvan Lake, and Deal Lake. A RAZORBILL was detected at Shark River Inlet Dec 22. More information about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

Three SHORT-EARED OWLS were at the Liberty Loop trail at Wallkill River NWR Dec 16. Also in Sussex County 6 COMMON REDPOLLS and 25 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted near the intersection of Rtes 640 and 615 in Flatbrook-Roy WMA Dec 19.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week at the Ridgewood Duck Pond through Dec 20.

Spruce Run Reservoir had 20 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 50+ SNOW BUNTINGS Dec 22. At Round Valley Reservoir that day a REDHEAD was noted.

CHRISTMAS BIRD COUNT RESULTS & HIGHLIGHTS:

Highlights of the 95 species found in the Jersey portion of the Lower Hudson CBC Dec 18 included 155 CANVASBACKS, LONG-TAILED DUCK, 2 WILD TURKEYS, 6 BALD EAGLES, COMMON MOORHEN, ICELAND GULL at Liberty State Park, 3 BARN OWLS, 70 SNOW BUNTINGS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, an Ipswich SAVANNAH SPARROW, and 42 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

The Sussex CBC Dec 19 found 84 species including RED-BREASTED MERGANSER on Culver's Lake, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, VIRGINIA RAIL, 2 ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on Lake Mohawk, and Baltimore Oriole.

The Walnut Valley CBC Dec 18 recorded 90 species with CACKLING GOOSE, REDHEAD, 2 GOLDEN EAGLES, RUFFED GROUSE, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN, and a possible CLAY-COLORED SPARROW at Columbia Lakes.

The Sandy Hook CBC Dec 18 tallied 101 species including 2 KING EIDERS, 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, a dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RAZORBILL, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at the Hook; a REDHEAD was in the Shrewsbury River at Sea Bright and a KING EIDER was off the Leonardo boat launch. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The Lakehurst CBC Dec 18 logged 101 species, highlighted by 8 REDHEADS, KING EIDER, a count-first WILD TURKEY, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, GREAT EGRET, and 7 BALD EAGLES.

The Princeton CBC Dec 18 found 87 species including 2 CACKLING GEESE at Mercer County Park Northwest, 2 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

The Assunpink CBC Dec 19 found 77 species including 5 CACKLING GEESE at the intersection of Rte 524 and Stillhouse Rd in Millstone Twp, REDHEAD, 61 BLACK VULTURES, 27 EASTERN SCREECH-OWLS, and a DICKCISSEL along the woods edge beyond the grassy swale west of the spillway at Lake Assunpink.

The Oceanville CBC Dec 18 tallied 128 species including 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and COMMON EIDER at Absecon Inlet, 7 SEMIPALMATED PLOVERS, 274 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 65 WESTERN WILLETS, 27 MARBLED GODWITS (all at Brigantine Island), 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS at Mott's Creek, and 2 PINE SISKINS.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 info@paulagics.com

The Boonton CBC is looking for additional observers; if you are interested in participating in this Morris County count, please contact Rick Radis at isotria AT verizon.net

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Thanks for calling and reporting. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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