This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday December 26, 2002 with
reports of RAZORBILL, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED and BARNACLE GOOSE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, seasonal and local
reports of interest.
Two RAZORBILLS were present at Manasquan Inlet Dec 22 along with a
late Forsters Tern.
Three RAZORBILLS were at Sandy Hook Dec 22 off B-lot along with a
possible SOOTY SHEARWATER. A female COMMON EIDER was in Horseshoe Cove
along with the female BARROWS GOLDENEYE Dec 21-22. Park in the median
lot opposite the south maintenance area, walk north and take the
service road on the left that ends at the bay. A female HARLEQUIN DUCK
joined the large SCOTER flock (SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER) off Fishermans
Beach Dec 19. A belated report of a LAPLAND LONGSPUR with 40 SNOW
BUNTINGS was received Dec 17 from North Beach.
Twelve HARLEQUIN DUCKS were reported at Barnegat Light along with an
immature male COMMON EIDER Dec 24. An adult male COMMON EIDER
continued at Absecon Inlet (Atlantic City side) Dec 21.
Four SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at Cedar Run Dock Road Dec 21. Two
SHORT-EARED OWLS were found along with a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along the
Liberty Loop Trail at Wallkill River NWR the same day.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Hamilton Square Dec 23.
Access is from Hughes Drive, one-quarter mile from CR 535. Park in the
lot just past the USDA Soil Conservation Office, climb the earth dam
and scope the pond (DeLorme P 42, K-7).
Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a BARNACLE GOOSE were reported
from Monroe Township, Middlesex Co. Dec 24-25. The birds were with a
large CANADA GOOSE flock adjacent to the intersection of Forsgate (CR
612) and Perrineville Roads (CR 625). This is adjacent to Thompson
County Park (DeLorme P. 43, E-20).
A NORTHERN GOSHAWK was soaring over Manasquan Reservoir Dec 24.
Swartswood Lake hosted a SURF SCOTER Dec 22 and a RED-BREASTED
MERGANSER Dec 23.
Culvers Lake had a first-year ICELAND GULL and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED
GULLS Dec 20.
The Walnut Valley CBC held Dec 14 found 77 species including the
previously reported Varied
Thrush (not reported since last week), seven BALD EAGLES, two MERLINS,
WOODPECKERS (on PA side of circle), and two RAVENS.
The Voice of New Jersey 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
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes
good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.