This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 4, 2014 with reports of EARED GREBE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, SEDGE WREN, VESPER SPARROW, LARK SPARROW, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The EARED GREBE continues at Sandy Hook through Dec 2. The bird has been in Horseshoe Cove in the company of a large flock of HORNED GREBES. A juvenile HUDSONIAN GODWIT has been seen on the sand bar near the road at Horseshoe Cove at low tide Nov 26-Dec 4. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week included a late BLUE-WINGED TEAL at north pond, COMMON EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a SEDGE WREN in the grassy field southwest of the garden Dec 1, 50+ SNOW BUNTINGS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Also in Monmouth County, a ROSS'S GOOSE was photographed at Wreck Pond on Dec. 4 [this report added to Scott's text by transcriber. -LL]. Other Monmouth Co. sightings were of a TRUMPETER SWAN at Assunpink WMA Nov 28 and a LARK SPARROW at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch Nov 29.
The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continues at McNamara WMA-Corbin City Unit in Atlantic County through Nov 30. From Rt. 50 in Corbin City take Griscom Mill Rd 2.6 miles to a wooden observation platform. The shrike is often observed several hundred yards past the wooden platform in an isolated clump of shrubs and trees in the marsh to the southeast. It has also been viewed hunting from the shrubs along the road. Also there was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.
The lone ROSS'S GOOSE continued at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR through Nov 29 and two ROSS'S GEESE were gleaned from a SNOW GOOSE flock there Dec 3; also at Brig was a GOLDEN EAGLE.
Ocean County sightings this week included a hen KING EIDER, 64 COMMON EIDERS, and HARLEQUIN DUCKS at Barnegat Inlet State Park, and a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Cedar Run Dock Road.
Birds found at Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth this week were AMERICAN BITTERN, SEDGE WREN, 3 PALM WARBLERS, 11 PINE WARBLERS, VESPER SPARROW, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. Also in Burlington County at Palmyra Cove were RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 REDHEADS, and a BLACK-CAPPED CHICKADEE (very rare in the county).
Three GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were found at the Sunset Rd section of Mannington Marsh in Salem County. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found near the intersection of Rt. 658 and Cuff Rd in Hancock's Bridge.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found at the southeast corner of Perth Amboy near the yacht club Nov 27.
Duke Island Park hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and 9 CACKLING GEESE Dec 1. Also in Somerset County this week was the continuing flock of 8 SANDHILL CRANES along Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp.
Great Swamp NWR had a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and flyover COMMON REDPOLLS this week.
The Melanie Lane Wetlands in Hanover Twp hosted 49 SNOW BUNTINGS and a VESPER SPARROW Nov 30.
Hunterdon County reports this week were of a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Cushetunk Lake Dec 3, ten AMERICAN PIPITS and 40 SNOW BUNTINGS at Spruce Run Reservoir, and a late WILSON'S WARBLER at Round Valley Reservoir.
A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Ocean Terminal in Bayonne.
Five GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at the Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch Nov 28.
Three SHORT-EARED OWLS were found in the NJ portion of Oil City Rd in Wallkill River NWR Nov 30.
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