Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/29/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 29, 2011 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A WESTERN GREBE was discovered at Manasquan Reservoir Dec 26, but not seen since. Also at Manasquan Reservoir this week were 5 REDHEADS and 699 RUDDY DUCKS.

The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER remains at Thompson Park in Lincroft through Dec 29. Enter the main park entrance and continue past all parking lots and buildings until the road turns to gravel. Continue on the gravel road and park in the Marlu Pond lot. Cross the dam on the paved trail and watch for the bird in the field on the right just across the dam or around the isolated grove of trees at the hilltop.

The WESTERN KINGBIRD continues at the Clay Pit Creek section of Hartshorne Woods Park in Navesink through Dec 24. Look for the bird in the field adjacent to (west of) the parking lot or in the taller trees by the creek.

The SNOWY OWL continues at Merrill Creek Reservoir, usually seen in the rocks below the dam, through Dec 27.

The five SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week; seen in a corn field off Randolph Rd through Dec 29. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Colonial Park in Franklin Twp Dec 29. At nearby Duke Island Park in Bridgewater, the GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues through Dec 24. Nine RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were also seen there that day.

Spruce Run Reservoir sightings this week included a very late GREEN HERON Dec 27, two first-cycle ICELAND GULLS and 25 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Dec 24.

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was found at the DeKorte Environment Center Dec 28.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered in Perth Amboy on the Raritan Estuary CBC Dec 26. The bird was in Raritan Bay off the foot of 2nd Ave on the west side of the NJ Transit bridge. On Dec 28 the bird was seen off the Cornucopia Princess Parking lot off Riverside Dr.

A juvenile BROWN PELICAN was photographed in Sandy Hook Bay, from Atlantic Highlands, Dec 28. Another juvenile BROWN PELICAN was photographed off Manasquan Inlet, following a commercial fishing boat back to port Dec 29.

Four RAZORBILLS were noted off the lower portion of Sandy Hook Dec 28. Another RAZORBILL was in Manasquan Inlet Dec 27.

A female REDHEAD has been on the waterworks pond at South Amboy through Dec 26.

Two female KING EIDERS continue in the Common Eider flock at Barnegat Inlet this week.

A COMMON RAVEN spent Dec 19-27 at Lenape Park in Cranford.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: An eight-hour nearshore pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar on Jan 15, 2012 targeting Razorbill, Common Murre, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake, and other gulls. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or info at paulagics.com

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