This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Tuesday Dec 23 with reports of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-
EARED OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest,
CBC highlights, and announcements. Most locations in this report can
be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey"
available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.
Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands Dec 23 included 2 GREAT CORMORANTS,
6 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS (4 light morph, 2 dark morph), 3 BALD EAGLES, 3
AMERICAN KESTRELS, SNOWY OWL, and 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS.
Seventy SNOW BUNTINGS and 3 AMERICAN KESTRELS were noted at Ocean
Terminal in Bayonne Dec 23.
Great Swamp NWR hosted 1-2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Pleasant Plains Rd
Dec 21-22, seen both near the gazebo by the heronry overlook and in
the fields near the refuge headquarters.
Alpha Grasslands/Oberly Rd had SHORT-EARED OWL, 250 HORNED LARKS, 6
LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and 24 SNOW BUNTINGS Dec 20. Three ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS were hunting the fields there Dec 22.
Additional ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week were individuals found at the
eastern edge of Mercer County Park Dec 20 and along New Center Rd near
Duke Farms in Hillsborough Twp Dec 22.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was detected among thousands of CANADA
GEESE at Cross Farm Park/Willow Brook Rd in Holmdel Dec 22 (DeLorme P.
North Shore reports this week included a COMMON EIDER at Manasquan
Inlet and the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar, both Dec
20. A third-year ICELAND GULL and a first-year were off Pullman Ave
in Elberon Dec 21 and a first-year ICELAND GULL and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS
were on the fields at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch the same
day. For more information on birding the Elberon/Long Branch sites
An immature male KING EIDER continues through Dec 21 at Barnegat Light
State Park. Also there were 15 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 119 PURPLE
Sandy Hook CBC Dec 20 totaled 106 species including the count's first
COMMON MOORHEN, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER near
north pond, and 2 flyover RED CROSSBILLS. A GLAUCOUS GULL was
detected at Keansburg Beach.
Walnut Valley CBC Dec 20 tallied 89 species including REDHEAD, RUFFED
GROUSE along Old Mine Rd, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Allamuchy, COMMON
RAVEN, EASTERN PHOEBE, a count-first WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED
VIREO, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
A Pelagic CBC from Belmar is scheduled for January 2, 2009 in search
of Razorbill, Dovekie, Black-legged Kittiwake and other "good" gulls.
For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
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 e-mail
sightings AT njaudubon.org 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.