Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/30/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday December 30, 2009 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BLACK BRANT, MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD, SPOTTED TOWHEE, DOVEKIE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE was sighted in a field near the intersection of Maple Lane and Rte 513 Dec 27; also in Hunterdon County was a very late Osprey Dec 27. At Spruce Run Reservoir a late Blue-winged Teal and Canvasback were noted Dec 27.

The BLACK BRANT, a continuing bird from previous winters, was noted at South Amboy's waterfront park Dec 25.

A male MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD was discovered on the Princeton CBC Dec 27. The bird was found on North Post Rd in Mercer County Park and viewed in a hedgerow bordering the golf course; no further reports.

The SPOTTED TOWHEE continued through Dec 27 at Palmyra.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen as recently as Dec 30 at DeKorte Environmental Center in the NJ Meadowlands. The bird was viewed on Disposal Rd (often from near the AMVETS Carillon). Also there this week was a light-morph Rough-legged Hawk.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again along Old Mine Rd directly behind the Calno School Dec 23--this is about 3-4 miles south of Milbrook Village (DeLorme P. 22, D-14).

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Lord Stirling Park Dec 23; at nearby Great Swamp NWR a NORTHERN SHRIKE was briefly noted at the heronry overlook along Pleasant Plains Rd Dec 23.

Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted Dec 24-27 at Campgaw Reservation in Bergen County.

A GREAT CORMORANT was noted on Round Valley Reservoir Dec 24.

Barnegat Light/Inlet hosted an incredible total of 367 COMMON EIDERS, 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 40 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and 2 "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS Dec 24.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at Brigantine NWR Dec 24.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found northwest of Sharptown along Sharptown-Auburn Rd in Salem County Dec 27.

Christmas Bird Count results:

Northwest Hunterdon CBC Dec 20 had 86 species including a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK, PEREGRINE FALCON, BROWN THRASHER, MARSH WREN, and PALM WARBLER.

Highlights from the Moorestown CBC Dec 26 included RED-NECKED GREBE at Pennsauken (Fish House Cove); 2 HORNED GREBES and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS at Taylor's Refuge, 20 Great Cormorants at Riverton, and at Palmyra the previously reported SPOTTED TOWHEE, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 7 WINTER WRENS, 6 EASTERN TOWHEES, 15 FOX SPARROWS, 215 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.

Sandy Hook CBC Dec 27 had 101 species including count-week REDHEAD, 8 COMMON EIDERS, BALD EAGLE, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, ICELAND GULL, LAUGHING GULL, DOVEKIE, RAZORBILL, 15 AMERICAN PIPITS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The Boonton CBC Dec 27 had at least 96 species including a juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Troy Meadows near Beverwyck Rd, BARN OWL, BARRED OWL, LONG-EARED OWL, 13 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in the Troy Meadows-Hatfield Swamp area, EASTERN PHOEBE, 4 COMMON RAVENS, and YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT.

Princeton CBC Dec 27 had 85 species including a CACKLING GOOSE at the hospital construction site on Rte 1; 350 COMMON MERGANSERS, 7 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on Carnegie Lake, count-week COMMON RAVEN, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS in the Sourland Mts, and the previously mentioned MOUNTAIN BLUEBIRD.

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