This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday December 4, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, ASH-THROATED
FLYCATCHER, HUDSONIAN GODWIT, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL,
seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The BARNACLE GOOSE has returned to Califon, Hunterdon County, observed
Nov 29-Dec 1. The bird is most often found with the CANADA GOOSE
flock that spends time early and late in the day on the pond opposite
the Methodist Church in "downtown" Califon.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was found at Thompson Park in Middletown
Nov 29-Dec 2. To look for the bird park at Marlu Lake, walk west
across the dam and make a right, following the path until in
intersects the paved walkway. Look for the bird around this
intersection. Also noted at Thompson Park were 5-6 FOX SPARROWS.
Brigantine NWR reports Nov 29 included a ROSS'S GOOSE along the south
dike, REDHEAD, 3 VIRGINIA RAILS, 8 BALD EAGLES, A GOLDEN EAGLE from
the gull pond tower, 7 MARBLED GODWITS, A HUDSONIAN GODWIT with an
injured foot at the end of the north dike, WHITE-RUMPED SANDPIPER, 10+
RED KNOTS, 7 LAPLAND LONGSPURS at the northeast corner of the dikes,
and 3 SNOW BUNTINGS. Both the Hudsonian Godwit and the Marbled
Godwits were still present Dec 2 along with an AMERICAN BITTERN.
Barnegat Light State Park had 3 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 13 COMMON EIDERS, and
40+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS Nov 29.
Whitesbog hosted 75 TUNDRA SWANS, 50 PINE SISKINS, and 5 AMERICAN TREE
SPARROWS Nov 30.
Veteran's Park in Hamilton had an impressive 13 CACKLING GEESE Nov 28;
four CACKLING GEESE remained Nov 29.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted in the Delaware River at National Park
A second-winter ICELAND GULL was found at Florence Dec 1.
North Shore sightings this week included a male EURASIAN WIGEON at
Silver Lake in Belmar Nov 30-31, a PARASITIC JAEGER off Manasquan
Inlet Dec 5, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Wreck Pond Nov 30.
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were detected in the large SNOW BUNTING flock at
Sandy Hook Nov 27 and a single longspur was noted Dec 1. The COMMON
MOORHEN continues in North Pond through Nov 28. A free, detailed
birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings
log there for daily reports.
Rahway River Park had 2 CACKLING GEESE and an AMERICAN PIPIT Nov 28.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again at Great Swamp NWR Dec 3; look for
the bird around the heron rookery overlook/parking lot at the end of
Pleasant Plains Rd. Also there that day was a juvenile ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK near the "friends" building.
A raptor census at the NJ Meadowlands Nov 28 found BALD EAGLE, 11
NORTHERN HARRIERS, COOPER'S HAWK, 20+ RED-TAILED HAWKS, 6 AMERICAN
KESTRELS, PEREGRINE FALCON, 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS, and BARN OWL. Six
SHORT-EARED OWLS were tallied there Nov 30 and a BARN OWL flew over
Valley Brook Avenue after dusk on Dec 3. Other birds found at the
meadowlands this week included 50 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, 40
HORNED LARKS, and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS.
A drake REDHEAD was found in the Hudson River at Weehawken Dec 3.
A female RED CROSSBILL has been visiting a feeder at 8 Oradell Drive
in Hewitt NJ Nov 29-Dec 1. Visitors are welcome but please be quiet
and don't block neighbors' driveways.
Six WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were feeding in evergreens on the grounds
of the hostel across from the Denville Public Library Nov 28.
Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail hosted a SHORT-EARED OWL Nov
28. An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was seen there Dec 2.
A first-year ICELAND GULL was found at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nov 27.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Dec 7 from 6 am to 6 pm 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
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report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.