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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/29/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 29, 2005 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, EARED GREBE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, GOLDEN EAGLE, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The EARED GREBE continued this week at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City Dec 24. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rtes 40/322, go east on Rtes 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay; look for the bird here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16). If not there try nearby Genoa Ave. A REDHEAD was noted with the grebe Dec 23.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues in Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove Dec 24. To look for the bird park at the small lot in the median north of the ranger station (opposite the south maintenance area), walk north and take the service road on the left (west) out to the bay. The bird is usually with the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON, 14 REDHEADS, and an adult male COMMON EIDER were all found in Spermaceti Cove Dec 24. A subadult male COMMON EIDER accompanied all three scoter species off C-lot the same day, where a flyby RAZORBILL was noted as well. A MERLIN is regularly roosting in the Holly forest and can be viewed atop nearby telephone poles late in the day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Manasquan Inlet had 2 RAZORBILLS Dec 26 and both the EURASIAN WIGEON and REDHEADS were still present at nearby Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant the same day. A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Manasquan Inlet Dec 23 along with a first-year Iceland Gull at Risden's Beach in Point Pleasant. Single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted on the north shore this week at Lake Como and Lake Takanassee.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found among thousands of Canada Geese at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Dec 26. Look for the birds in fields near the intersection of Longbridge Rd and Willow Brook Rd (DeLorme P. 44, E-9). Observers should also be on the lookout for a CACKLING GOOSE that has been present here, most recently noted Dec 27.

Another CACKLING GOOSE has been present at Marshall's Pond in Toms River through Dec 22.

Salem County reports Dec 22 included 9 BALD EAGLES, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and 2 SANDHILL CRANES at Mannington Marsh, and a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Fort Elfsborg Road.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER remains this week at Garret Mountain along the upper roadway opposite the horse stables. Please remember not to disrupt the bird or approach too closely.

The Walnut Valley CBC Dec 18 recorded 88 species including LONG- TAILED DUCK, 10 BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 3 GOLDEN EAGLES (the latter two species at Raccoon Ridge), LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED- HEADED WOODPECKER, 6 COMMON RAVENS, 28 PILEATED WOODPECKERS, and PINE SISKIN.

The Boonton CBC Dec 26 tallied 101 species including GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE at Lincoln Park, RUFFED GROUSE in Denville, MERLIN, LONG-EARED OWL, BROWN THRASHER, and COMMON REDPOLL.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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