Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/30/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday Dec 30, 2004 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, EARED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The 2 EARED GREBES continued at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City through Dec 24 and may still be present. 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 birds here (DeLorme P. 71, G-16). Four Redheads were also present there.

At least one SNOWY OWL remains at the south end of the Holgate Unit of Forsythe NWR through Dec 26. Please keep a very respectful distance and don't interfere with the bird's normal activities. At the north end of Long Beach Island, a RAZORBILL was found at Barnegat Inlet Dec 29.

Another SNOWY OWL was discovered just south of Shark River Inlet Dec 30. The bird was perched atop a building south of the fishing pier. Manasquan Inlet had BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and 12 RAZORBILLS Dec 23. Two RAZORBILLS were at Shark River Inlet and 2 drake REDHEADS were on Lake Takanassee the same day. An ICELAND GULL was found at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Dec 26.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again in Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove Dec 28. Park at the small median lot north of the ranger station, walk north and take the service road on the left out to the bay. The bird is usually with the large (150-200) COMMON GOLDENEYE flock.

An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen again at Conaskonk Point Dec 28 and REDHEAD and Canvasback were present in the large GREATER SCAUP flock just east of Morgan. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" Map is available at SHBO or on our website http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/shbo

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was among 1,000 Canada Geese at Cross Farm Park off Rte 520 in Holmdel Dec 29 (DeLorme P. 44, E-9).

At least nine GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were present Dec 26 on the Princeton University Soccer fields along Washington Rd just west of US Rte 1. Do not drive on the fields; rather look from the private road connecting Washington and Harrison Street which gives a full view of the fields. Morning may be best. Also check other nearby fields in the area.

A CACKLING GOOSE was discovered on Van Syckles Rd, Union Twnp in Hunterdon County Dec 26. Exit Rte 78 at exit 11 and go right on Rte 173 for a half mile to Van Syckles Rd. Turn left, pass the houses and look in the horse pasture on the left. Possibly the same bird was relocated at the boat launch at Spruce Run Reservoir Dec 27.

A DICKCISSEL was discovered at Pequest Wildlife Management Area in Warren County. From the traffic light on Rt. 31 in Oxford, go north about one-half mile on Rt. 31 and turn right on to Pequest Road. Go about a mile on Pequest Road and look for the small sewage treatment plant on the right. About 30 feet beyond the driveway to the sewage plant, turn right on the narrow, newly paved road and follow it behind the sewage plant to the brick utility building. Park there and check the adjacent shrubs and weedy fields.

A "Pochard-like Duck" possibly a Canvasback X Redhead hybrid, has been seen in the Hudson River from Weehawken Dec 25-26. Take the last exit on Rte 3 east before the Lincoln Tunnel marked "Weehawken/Hoboken/Ferries to NYC." Go through the first light, keeping to the right and at the second light turn right (south). Go a couple hundred yards to the first light and turn left on to Baldwin Rd. Go another couple hundred yeards to the stop sign and turn right along the waterfront. The bird has been viewed near the Cove House Restaurant a few hundred yards ahead on the left.

A BARN OWL was seen hunting along the 1-E landfill in Kearny Dec 27.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure (plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website http://www.njaudubon.org/centers for more details.

See Life Paulagics still has a few spaces left on their pelagic Christmas Bird Count from Belmar, NJ for winter seabirds. The trip is 8 hours long. The cost is $70 plus an optional $5 CBC fee. They are also running a special 6 hour trip on January 29 for inshore alcids. The focus will be inshore reefs and rocks, focusing on trying to find Murres and Black Guillemot. The cost is $70. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

As the status and distribution of CACKLING GOOSE unfolds in the state, observers are encouraged to document and report sightings of this new species to Regional Editors of New Jersey Birds, as well as reporting them to the VONJAS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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