This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday December 6, 2013 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, EARED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal/local reports of interest, and announcements.
The EARED GREBE continues at Round Valley Reservoir through Dec 5. From the camping/scuba parking lot take the blue trail about a half mile until you see a small cove; look for the bird here. At nearby Spruce Run Reservoir an ICELAND GULL was noted Dec 1 and a late BLUE-HEADED VIREO was there Nov 30.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included up to 6 RED-NECKED GREBES, 2 adult LITTLE GULLS and 2 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES Dec 2, another LITTLE GULL among 3,000+ BONAPARTE'S GULLS Dec 4, single PARASITIC JAEGERS Dec 3 & 4, up to 3 SNOWY OWLS, 2 ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLERS and a late NASHVILLE WARBLER at the salt pond thicket Nov 30, 125 SNOW BUNTINGS and 1-2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, and a flyover COMMON REDPOLL Nov 30.
North Shore reports this week were of 3 KING EIDERS off Monmouth Beach Dec 1, RED-NECKED GREBE at Lake Como Nov 30, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE off Sea Bright Dec 1, single SNOWY OWLS at Roosevelt Ave in Deal Nov 30 and Elberon Dec 1, a second-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at Lake of Lillies (Old Sam's Pond) in Point Pleasant Dec 3, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL at Sylvan Lake in Avon Nov 28.
Assunpink WMA had a CLAY-COLORED SPARROW in the fields south of the spillway of Assunpink Lake Dec 2.
A SNOWY OWL was photographed in Lavallette Nov 28.
Island Beach State Park hosted up to 5 KING EIDERS and 1-2 SNOWY OWLS Nov 29-30.
Barnegat Light State Park had up to 11 KING EIDERS, COMMON EIDER, 8+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and a jaeger species Dec 1; a SNOWY OWL (possibly one of the Island Beach birds) was there through Dec 3.
The Holgate unit of Forsythe NWR had 2 SNOWY OWLS Dec 2.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR reports this week included 42 TUNDRA SWANS, a female REDHEAD at the entrance ponds, EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and 2 SNOWY OWLS. At nearby Brigantine Island 300 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, 2 WESTERN WILLETS, and 3 MARBLED GODWITS were noted Nov 30. A SNOWY OWL was photographed in Brigantine Nov 29. Also in Atlantic County was an immature male KING EIDER at the Longport Jetty Nov 29.
Burlington County reports this week included a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT and RUSTY BLACKBIRD at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Nov 30. At Franklin Parker Preserve in Chatsworth 5 WINTER WRENS, 3 AMERICAN PIPITS, 12 PALM WARBLERS, 10 PINE WARBLERS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and 12 AMERICAN TREE SPARROWS were noted Nov 29.
A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was found at Donaldson Park in Middlesex County Dec 3. Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue this week at the Oros Wildlife Preserve (Woodbridge River Watch) in Woodbridge Twp.
Up to 6 SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week; the birds are usually found early/late in the day in the fields along Randolph or Weston Canal Roads. At nearby Colonial Park 3 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted Dec 5.
An amazing count of 23 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS was tallied at Troy Meadows Nov 30. Also in Morris County were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES on Boonton Reservoir Dec 1.
Bergen County reports this week included a BARNACLE GOOSE (photographed) at an undisclosed location, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Overpeck County Park Nov 30, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK in Kearny Nov 30.
Hudson County sightings this week were of a drake EURASIAN WIGEON on Newark Bay at Old Tressel Dec 1, a SNOWY OWL at Liberty State Park Nov 29, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Rutkowski Park in Bayonne Nov 30, and a NELSON'S SPARROW at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Nov 28.
Two immature ICELAND GULLS were detected on Culver's Lake in Sussex County Dec 1.
NJ Audubon's next Young Birders Club Field Trip will be held at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR on Saturday December 7, 2013. The trip is free for young birders and their parents/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For information/registration contact Sam Wilson (at) sam.Wilson at njaudubon.org
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An "inshore" pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar Jan 1 in search of Black-legged Kittiwake, other interesting gulls, and alcids including Razorbill, Dovekie, and Common Murre; for more information contact info (at) paulagics.com or call 215-234-6805.
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