Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/27/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 27, 2012 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BARNACLE GOOSE, BLACK BRANT, WESTERN GREBE, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, DOVEKIE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest.

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A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE was discovered at Assiscong Marsh in Hunterdon County Dec 23. Probably the same individual was relocated at Deer Path Park near Flemington Dec 23-24.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was discovered in a CANADA GOOSE flock at the Mercer Corporate Park in Robbinsville Dec 27. This site is accessed off Robbinsville-Allentown Road.

A WESTERN GREBE was reported from Barnegat Inlet Dec 24. Other birds reported at Barnegat Light State Park this week included 4-6 RAZORBILLS and an ICELAND GULL.

A WESTERN GREBE was photographed at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Dec 25. Also at Seven Presidents this week was a BLACK BRANT Dec 24, several RAZORBILLS, a DOVEKIE Dec 27, and 3-6 RED CROSSBILLS. Other North Shore reports this week included a subadult male COMMON EIDER and a DOVEKIE at Manasquan Inlet Dec 23, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Dec 23-24, a BLACK-HEADED GULL and 2 DOVEKIES off Spring Lake Dec 21, five RAZORBILLS at Shark River Inlet Dec 23 and 11 RAZORBILLS off Monmouth Beach Dec 24, and a DOVEKIE off Allenhurst Dec 24. Eight RED CROSSBILLS were noted in Monmouth Beach Dec 24 and 3 were found along Roosevelt Ave in Deal Dec 26. More information about birding some of these areas can be viewed at: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-northern-north-shore

The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Dec 25. Look for the bird at the hummingbird feeder placed along the entrance road in the small copse of trees on the right hand side at the start of the butterfly garden.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER at Medford WMA was seen again Dec 23 & 25. From Medford, take Brace Rd off Ark Rd and check the field on the left a short way down the road; the bird was feeding from low branches along the woods edge.

Five SANDHILL CRANES were noted at Mannington Marsh Dec 24.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was noted at the Conover soccer fields off South Post Road in West Windsor Dec 26.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Assunpink WMA through Dec 25. It has been seen in the grassy swale south of the western-most parking area. To reach this spot turn left (west) off Imlaystown Road just before you reach the paved boat launch parking area at Lake Assunpink. Follow the dirt road up a small hill and park under the large trees overlooking the lake. With your back to the lake, walk through the hedgerow across the harvested field to the grassy swale and look for the bird here. NOTE: It's currently small game hunting season at Assunpink WMA, so if you look for the bird it's best to dress wearing bright clothing. Also on Lake Assunpink Dec 20 was a RED-NECKED GREBE.

Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted at Mercer County Park Northwest (Pole Farm) Dec 23.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL was found at the Morgan Avenue Mudflats Dec 22. More information about birding this area can be viewed here: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy

Three to five SANDHILL CRANES were noted at Ten Mile Lock along the D&R Canal Greenway in Franklin Twp Dec 22.

Two RED-THROATED LOONS and a GOLDEN EAGLE were noted at Spruce Run Reservoir this week.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Foote's Pond on James St in Morristown Dec 23.

The Hackensack-Ridgewood CBC tallied 88 species Dec 15 including a BARRED OWL in Moonachie.

Thirty-five WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted in Tenafly Dec 25.

Thirteen COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at Losen Slote Creek Park in Moonachie Dec 23.

Nine COMMON REDPOLLS visited a Montague Twp feeder Dec 25.


In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, many favored birding locations are currently closed to the public or have limited access. A partial list follows.

NJ Meadowlands/DeKorte Environment Center is closed. The Mill Creek Marsh Trail in Secaucus is open.

Sandy Hook (Gateway National Recreation Area) is closed.

Portions of Forsythe NWR (Brigantine and Holgate Units) are closed. See http://www.facebook.com/ForsytheNWR for updates.

Many coastal and some inland State Parks are closed or have limited access; for updates see http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/parks_open_close.html

A list of open and closed Morris County Parks can be viewed here: http://www.morrisparks.net/pdfs/121114closings.pdf

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

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