Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/4/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 4, 2003 with reports of CINNAMON TEAL, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, NORTHERN SHRIKE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcements.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW and ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD were found again this week in Cape May - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

The drake CINNAMON TEAL (origin unknown) was seen again in the Hackensack Meadowlands Dec 1. From the DeKorte Environmental Center take the Sawmill Creek Trail to the 'T' intersection and look left into the impoundment; the bird was associating with other puddle ducks. Also noted there this week a late PALM WARBLER.

A female KING EIDER continues through Dec 1 at Global Terminal in Bayonne, viewed offshore of the observation tower. Exit the NJ Turnpike at Exit 14A/Bayonne. After the toll proceed up the ramp through the traffic light and on to Port Jersey Blvd, which leads to the observation tower on the left (DeLorme P. 81, J-18).

An adult NORTHERN SHRIKE was found in Great Swamp NWR Nov 30 from the end of Pleasant Plains Road near the ditch and heron rookery; also there that day was an adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER.

Kittatinny Valley State Park continued to host a "Rufous-morph female" EURASIAN WIGEON, visible from the second intersection with White's Pond off the Sussex Branch Trail. A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Lake Aeroflex Nov 30 - Dec 3. Other Sussex County sightings were GLAUCOUS GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Nov 29 and 2 ICELAND GULLS Dec 3 at the Sussex Landfill in Lafayette. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15. A RUFFED GROUSE, several COMMON RAVENS, and a GOLDEN EAGLE were at Sunrise Mountain Nov 29. Wallkill River NWR hosted 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Nov 30.

Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway had over 1500 COMMON MERGANSERS Dec 3.

Sandy Hook sightings included up to 200 SNOW BUNTINGS, 20 HORNED LARKS, and 2-3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in the dunes and beach between the end of the Fisherman's Trail and Gunnison through Nov 30. Also there that day were hundreds of NORTHERN GANNETS and BONAPARTE'S GULLS, AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, and juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK. A ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK was found at Spermaceti Cove and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was at the scout camp Dec 1.

Manasquan Inlet had a LITTLE GULL and 3 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES Nov 28. A JAEGER sp., ROYAL TERN, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were there Nov 30.

Birds noted at Barnegat Light State Park Nov 30 were 4 BROWN PELICANS, HARLEQUIN DUCK, 9 COMMON EIDERS, an immature male KING EIDER, SNOW BUNTINGS, and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR.

Five SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted Dec 3 at Cedar Run Dock Road and another was found at Brigantine NWR this week.

A late OSPREY was found in Ringwood Nov 29 and 2 late LINCOLN'S SPARROWS were noted at Thompson Park in Lincroft Dec 4.


Spaces remain on the Dec 7 FONT pelagic from Barnegat Light, targeting winter seabirds, cost $104. For more information call 1-800-721-9986 or visit http://www.focusonnature.com

See Life Paulagics is running a trip from Belmar Dec 13 for winter seabirds from 6 a.m. to 5 p.m.; cost $95. For more information call 215-234-6805 or visit http://www.paulagics.com

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

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