Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/3/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 3, 2009 with reports of IVORY GULL, SPOTTED TOWHEE, WESTERN GREBE, SNOWY OWL, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, CAVE SWALLOW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A juvenile IVORY GULL was discovered in Cape May Harbor Nov 27 and was seen as recently as Dec 3. For recent bird sightings in Cape May and Cumberland counties, visit http://www.birdcapemay.org/blog

A female/immature SPOTTED TOWHEE was found at Palmyra Cove Nature Park in Burlington County Nov 26-Dec 2. Head south on the red gravel trail that leaves the south end of the parking lot and parallels the Delaware River. The trail eventually curves east (left) and ends at the big pit. Turn right and walk a short distance (ca. 25') and turn left, following the trail around the south side of the big pit. On your right is a small dugout area that has Phragmites and Black Willows growing in it. This is known as the little pit and where the Spotted Towhee was seen, often in association with a couple of Eastern Towhees. This location has also been described at the intersection of the red-winged blackbird and saw-whet trails. Also at Palmyra this week were 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS and 10+ FOX SPARROWS.

The WESTERN GREBE was seen again at South Amboy's Waterfront Park Dec 1. Also there near the creek mouth was a late NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW. More information about birding here can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SouthAmboy.aspx

A female SNOWY OWL was sighted at Liberty State Park Nov 29; the bird was seen on the sand bar near the jetty south of the first parking lot on the right after entering the park.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included up to 13 COMMON EIDERS off the end of the fisherman's trail, an adult Little Gull off the fee plaza Nov 29, 3 CAVE SWALLOWS flying past north beach Nov 26, AMERICAN PIPIT, BLUE-HEADED VIREO at North Beach lot Nov 29, 3 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS at North Pond Nov 26 and singles near L-lot Nov 29 and at South Pond Nov 30; 55 SNOW BUNTINGS, BALTIMORE ORIOLE, and 3 PURPLE FINCHES. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A first-winter LITTLE GULL was detected among 500+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Nov 28; also there was a female COMMON EIDER. A flock of 11 AMERICAN WHITE PELICANS was viewed over Asbury Park south of Deal Lake Nov 29 and headed north. More information about birding this site at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet Nov 28 continued to host 150+ COMMON EIDERS and 25 HARLEQUIN DUCKS. Also there were 8 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, 5 IPSWICH SPARROWS, and SNOW BUNTING. Just north of the inlet at Island Beach State Park over 1,000 RED-THROATED LOONS were counted Nov 29. Manahawkin WMA (Stafford Ave) hosted a late WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER the same day.

Mott's Creek Rd just north of Brig had 2 dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SHORT-EARED OWL Nov 29.


Great Swamp NWR had an excellent count of 124 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Dec 2.

Glenhurst Meadows had an impressive 12 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Dec 2.

Sunrise Mt. Hawk Watch tallied 2 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 6 GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 29.

Four GOLDEN EAGLES were recorded at Raccoon Ridge Nov 28.

Fourteen CACKLING GEESE were found at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington Nov 29.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue this week at Lenape Park in Cranford. To look for the birds park in the lot off Kenilworth Blvd and walk on the dike towards Westfield (away from Kenilworth); stop about ten feet past the first sign on the dike and look in the trees to the right.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Space is still available on the pelagic trip from Belmar Dec 6 in search of Northern Fulmar, Black-legged Kittiwake, Razorbill, Dovekie, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at 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 or e-mail sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds to the hotline, please call 732-872-2500 or email 'sightings AT njaudubon.org' ... *Birders are encouraged to submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 'report AT njbrc.net' or hard copy to 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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