Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/5/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 5, 2002 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER, LITTLE GULL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW has reappeared in Grassy Sound, best seen from the west end of 26th Ave at the border of Wildwood and North Wildwood. Also seen in the Cape May area this week were WHITE-WINGED DOVE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER and WESTERN KINGBIRD. Call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS were found at Brigantine [Forsythe] NWR Dec 2. A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen Nov 29. Also there ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, two LONG-BILLED DOWITCHERS and WESTERN SANDPIPER. Nearby Brigantine Island had three MARBLED GODWITS Dec 1 (DeLorme P. 85, A-23).

A NORTHERN SHRIKE continued in the Great Swamp over the weekend, around the ditch or the heronry at the end of Pleasant Plains Road. An EASTERN SCREECH OWL was in the 2nd to last wood duck box along the road.

Up to four SHORT-EARED OWLS and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS have been seen from the bridge to nowhere at Manahawkin WMA this week.

Manasquan Inlet had a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE Nov 30-Dec 1; a female KING EIDER Nov 30; a LITTLE GULL Nov 27; and over fifty PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Sandy Hook this week had numbers of late season migrants including WINTER WRENS, BLUEBIRDS, HERMIT THRUSHES, TREE SPARROWS and FOX SPARROWS. A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found with HORNED LARKS at North Beach Dec 1. A juvenile TUNDRA SWAN resided on North Pond Dec 1-4. Single ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen in Sandy Hook Bay Nov 29.

Raccoon Ridge had migrant GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and six GOLDEN EAGLES Nov 28.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and SHORT-EARED OWL continue at the Liberty Loop Trail at Walkill River NWR this week.

Unseasonable migrants this week included a NASHVILLE WARBLER at Tuckerton Nov 28; a GREEN HERON at Wreck Pond Nov 30; and an INDIGO BUNTING at Sandy Hook Dec 1.

Directions for most of the sites mentioned can be found in the new edition of A Guide To Bird Finding in New Jersey by William J. Boyle, available at NJ Audubon bookstores.

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

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