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.
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.