Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/6/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 6, 2007 with reports of TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ASH- THROATED FLYCATCHER, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Directions to most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at NJ Audubon Center bookstores.

At Sandy Hook both the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE and ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER were still present this week, with the former as recent as Dec 6 and the latter Dec 5. Look for the birds at the eastern edge of the scout camp near the rusty barn and cul-de-sac with the flag pole. The WESTERN KINGBIRD was still present across the street from the garden in the trees surrounding the officer's club Dec 1. The GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER was last reported in the scout camp Dec 6. Other birds at the hook Dec 2 included 4 COMMON REDPOLLS over north pond and a flock of 7 COMMON REDPOLLS feeding near G-lot along with a RUSTY BLACKBIRD. A SHORT-EARED OWL was flying around the end of the fisherman's trail Dec 5 and a young BALTIMORE ORIOLE was detected adjacent to the scout camp parking lot the same day. Two COMMON EIDERS, 12+ HORNED LARKS, and up to 60 SNOW BUNTINGS continue in the north beach/fisherman's trail area this week. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily bird reports.

A SANDHILL CRANE was found at Thompson Park in Lincroft Dec 4-6. The bird was seen in recently harvested corn stubble to the left of the gravel road to Marlu Lake. Also there was a SHORT-EARED OWL Dec 6.

Birds noted at Barnegat Light State Park Dec 1 included 24 COMMON EIDERS, 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, GREAT CORMORANT, and 120 PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Cedar Run Dock Road hosted 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS Dec 1-2.

A SANDHILL CRANE was noted along Money Island Road near Abbott's Meadow WMA in Salem County Dec 3.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Nov 29 south of Layton in Sussex County. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11).

GOLDEN EAGLES were tallied at Raccoon Ridge Hawkwatch Dec 1 & 4; the count's only ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found Dec 4 along with 3 NORTHERN GOSHAWKS and 2 COMMON RAVENS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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