This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Wednesday December 5 at noon with reports of review list species TOWNSEND'S WARBLER, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, and RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, as well as WESTERN KINGBIRD, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWLS, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, SHORT-EARED OWL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and other seasonal and local reports of interest.
An immature male TOWNSEND'S WARBLER was discovered at Sandy Hook on Saturday, December 1 and continues through at least Monday December 3. Park at the Visitor's Center and look for the bird on the first stretch of the Old Dune Trail as it parallels Parking Lot E on the west side, or in the thickets immediately around the visitor center parking lot, especially in the groundsel and phragmites thicket between the visitor center lot and parking area D. Also at the Hook, a WESTERN KINGBIRD was present near the North Pond observation platform, last reported Saturday, December 1. A late ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW was at Sandy Hook Sunday, December 2.
An ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, confirmed by photos, continues at the Upper Raritan Watershed Association office in Bedminster as of Tuesday, December 4. From the junction of Route 206 and Route 512/Pottersville Road, turn left or west on Pottersville Road and proceed .8 miles to a left turn onto Larger Cross Road. The Upper Raritan Watershed Association headquarters, also known as Fairview Farm, is one half mile on the right. The bird has been seen around the pond and near the white building with the green shutters. The best time seems to be between 11 and 2, when it comes to the building roof in pursuit of insects.
A female RUFOUS HUMMINGBIRD, i.d. confirmed by capture and measurement, has been present since Thanksgiving Day in Barnegat Light, with the last report from Saturday December 1st in the afternoon. The bird is coming to a backyard feeder at 29 W. 9th St. in Barnegat Light, on Saturday at only 40 minute intervals. The owner has been most gracious and is allowing birders to come see the bird. Visitors should park on the street and walk up the left side of the house (which is pink), up the outside stairs, and stand quietly at the first corner of the outside deck. The hummingbird feeder is attached to the clothes-line right off the back of the deck. Please be courteous to the owner. HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet, with 9 present December 1 along with the usual PURPLE SANDPIPERS, DUNLIN, OYSTERCATCHERS, SNOW BUNTINGS, etc. A PEREGRINE FALCON was on the Harvey Cedars Water Tower on Saturday and apparently roosts there regularly.
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER near Brigantine has not been reported since Tuesday, November 27. However, on Tuesday December 4 Brigantine had 3 SNOWY OWLS; A EURASIAN WIGEON in the West Pool; and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 4 SNOW BUNTINGS on the north dike.
A Snowy Owl was reported for several days last week on the roof top of a corporate park in Rahway.
A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at Solberg Airport in Readington, Hunterdon County on December 1. View from Lightfield Road. A SHORT-EARED OWL was seen at Solberg from the Thor Solberg Road side of the airport on Sunday, December 2.
A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was at the junction of West Country Road and Somerset County Route 566 (a.k.a. South Branch Road) on Sunday December 2.
An imm. RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at the Stony-Brook Millstone Watershed Association preserve near Pennington, Mercer County, on Sunday December 2
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.