Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/5/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Dec 5 with reports of Review List ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, PAINTED BUNTING, GYRFALCON, and other reports of SNOWY OWLS, RED CROSSBILL, WESTERN KINGBIRD, PIPING PLOVER, SHORT-EARS, ROUGH-LEGS and seasonal and unseasonal reports.

The Selasphorus hummer present for three weeks in Cape May on Bayshore Road at the entrance to the Hidden Valley riding stables was identified in the hand as an ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD. It is still present in the Wilson backyard at 4076 Bayshore Road, the first house south of the riding stable entrance on the same side of the road. Park across the street, and walk around the house to the backyard. The feeder is near the back steps. Stand back to allow the bird to feed. The Wilsons have graciously allowed visitors any time of day. A male BALTIMORE ORIOLE was in the same yard.

The PAINTED BUNTING was still present Friday at Higbee Beach WMA in the southern part of the first (western) field and the northern part of the second field. A late WHITE-EYED VIREO was also there. The WESTERN KINGBIRD continues in Cumberland County.

An adult gray GYRFALCON was seen by a group of birders Dec 3 at the Natural Lands Trust Crossley Preserve, off Rte 530 in Berkeley Twp, Ocean County, just south of Toms River. The bird came from the east, flew directly overhead, and flew northwest. Details on the way to NJBRC.

SNOWY OWL update: two SNOWY OWLS are wintering on the Hudson County Hudson Riverfront between Jersey City and Bayonne, much of the time on private property. Occasionally one has been at Liberty State Park. Look for it on Caven Pier or on the barges (scope needed) from Liberty State Park. Another SNOWY OWL was seen Dec 3 on Van Lieu's Road in East Amwell, Hunterdon County; the bird could be seen looking north just round the 90 degree bend north from Wertsville Road in East Amwell. Lots of farmland in the area. No word this week on the other previously reported SNOWY OWLS, except that the Sandy Hook bird was not found Sun Dec 3.

At Sandy Hook Dec 2, there was a first winter GLAUCOUS GULL.

At Liberty State Park this week were 13 HORNED LARKS on the grass at the waterfront and 450 RUDDY DUCKS in the river.

A RED CROSSBILL was seen following a flock of GRACKLES Dec 3 in Bridgewater.

A PIPING PLOVER was at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR (now open again) Dec 4; also there were two BALD EAGLES, and a black ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. At Manahawkin, four SHORT-EARED OWLS were seen Dec 4 from 4 p.m. to dusk.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Details on Review List species go to NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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