Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/28/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 28, 2006 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A BARNACLE GOOSE discovered on private property during the Assunpink CBC was still present Dec 23. If interested in seeing this bird, a special trip has been organized for Jan 1. Contact Fred at avtrader@comcast.net for details.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still present this week at Sandy Hook. Look for the bird with a small COMMON GOLDENEYE flock in the bay just south of SHBO near the Nike Missile. Also present at the hook this week were GREAT EGRET, HORNED LARK, and SNOW BUNTING. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log for daily reports.

Barnegat Light State Park Dec 23 hosted a female KING EIDER, 150 COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN DUCKS.

The Moorestown CBC Dec 23 had about 100 species including LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 5 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS (only the 2nd NJ CBC record), and DICKCISSEL, all at Palmyra Cove Nature Park.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in Bergen County through Dec 22. An adult present since early November remains at the Ridgewood duck pond on the north side of East Ridgewood Ave between Paramus Rd and Pershing Ave. Park in the lot between Areas B & C; the bird is active in the area between the restrooms and the pavilion. A second RED- HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Saddle River County Park, Dunkerhook section at mile marker 1.8 of the Saddle River Trail.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen again Dec 25 in Mahwah. Look for the bird from the end of Halifax Ave off Rte 202 in the fields around Ramapo College or the large pool in the river near Henry Lake. Also in Mahwah this week was a COMMON RAVEN over Rte 17.

Another COMMON RAVEN was over Rte 9W in Englewood Cliffs Dec 25.

A female LONG-TAILED DUCK and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were noted on Culver's Lake Dec 23.


A pelagic Christmas Bird Count is scheduled from Belmar Jan 5 in search of gulls, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written details) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

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