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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/27/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 27, 2007 with reports of BLACK BRANT, BARNACLE GOOSE, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PINE GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

At Island Beach State Park a flock of 4 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS was discovered Dec 22 near the A-6 parking lot along the beach buggy access road. On Dec 23 a flock of 8-9 Bohemian Waxwings were found in the same area. Two Bohemian Waxwings were found Dec 24, but the larger flock was not seen near parking area A-6. Two Bohemian Waxwings were found Dec 25 just north of the A-6 parking area. A female PINE GROSBEAK was a tremendous find near the large parking lot at the bath house at Island Beach Dec 24: no reports since. The ASH- THROATED FLYCATCHER, probably the same individual discovered on Dec 18, was re-found Dec 25 in the thickets behind (east of) the administration building between the two large parking lots.

A flock of 8 COMMON REDPOLLS was found at the end of Great Bay Blvd near Tuckerton Dec 22; two Common Redpolls were noted between the last two bridges there Dec 24.

North Shore sightings Dec 23 included a BLACK BRANT, LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL, and 2 RED CROSSBILLS at Seven President's Park in Long Branch and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at Manasquan Inlet. A RED- NECKED GREBE was on Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach Dec 26.

Sandy Hook's TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was seen as recently as Dec 27. Look for the bird north of the scout camp around the rusty barn or around the maintenance buildings off the east end of Randolph Dr and the "road to nowhere." Also at the hook Dec 22 were LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL and an immature ICELAND GULL at North beach, 300 SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR near the end of the Fisherman's Trail. An AMERICAN BITTERN was detected at Horseshoe Cove Dec 26. Thirty TREE SWALLOWS were found in the dunes near the end of the Fisherman's Trail Dec 27. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

A BLACK BRANT has returned for another winter at South Amboy's waterfront park, noted there Dec 21. For more information on birding along Raritan Bay see http://www.njaudubon.Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html

Up to 2 BARNACLE GEESE continued Dec 21-23 in the Califon, Hunterdon County area. The birds are often among a large (2,000+) CANADA GOOSE flock that roost on or near the South Branch of the Raritan River. On Dec 23 one Barnacle Goose was on River Rd across the street from the Methodist/Episcopal Church at 4:40 pm. Also look for the birds on Rte 513 west of Califon: one was seen 4.7 miles south of Long Valley and two birds were found at the 21st milepost Dec 21. Also among the goose flock is at least one CACKLING GOOSE (DeLorme P. 29, J-24).

The Great Swamp NWR continues to host at least 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week along Pleasant Plains Rd. An AMERICAN BITTERN was seen from the heronry overlook Dec 25. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN SHRIKE were both seen near the overlook Dec 22. Two SHORT- EARED OWLS were hunting the fields between the refuge headquarters and the Friends of Great Swamp building Dec 20.

At Merrill Creek Reservoir 3 TUNDRA SWANS, 30,000 SNOW GEESE, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were found Dec 24.

The Walnut Valley CBC Dec 22 tallied a record 90 species including GOLDEN EAGLE, 14 BALD EAGLES, 6 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 3 BARRED OWLS, 6 COMMON RAVENS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, COMMON REDPOLL, and EVENING GROSBEAK.

At Wallkill River NWR 4 light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SHORT- EARED OWL were found at the Liberty Loop Trail Dec 26. Also in Sussex County was a NORTHERN SHRIKE along Decker Road by the Glen Brook Nursery in Augusta.

Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted at DeKorte Environmental Center in the Hackensack Meadowlands Dec 21.

A male HARLEQUIN DUCK was found in Bayonne Dec 25. The bird was viewed from the promenade accessible by foot from the intersection of 8th Street and Avenue A.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found at Liberty State Park at the north end of the interpretive center path Dec 25.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Space is still available on the pelagic Christmas Bird Count scheduled for Jan 4; this eight-hour trip will seek pelagic species including Northern Fulmar, Razorbill, Dovekie, white-winged gulls, and possible Atlantic Puffin and Black-legged Kittiwake. For more information or to register 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. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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