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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/7/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 7, 2006 with reports of EARED GREBE, MANX SHEARWATER, NORTHERN FULMAR, WESTERN KINGBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

At least one EARED GREBE continued this week on Dec 3 at Lakes Bay near Atlantic City. From the intersection of Rtes 9 & 40/322 go east on 40/322 about a mile to Cordova Ave and turn right. Drive a short distance on Cordova to the bay: look for the birds here or opposite adjacent blocks (DeLorme P. 71, G-16).

A PACIFIC LOON was reported at Holgate Dec 2.

A WESTERN KINGBIRD was found along Great Bay Blvd near Tuckerton Dec 2.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted 65-75 COMMON EIDERS, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, GREAT CORMORANTS, PURPLE SANDPIPER, and HORNED LARKS Dec 2.

A pelagic trip out of Belmar traveling 60 miles offshore recorded 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, 7 MANX SHEARWATERS, 4 RED PHALAROPES, LITTLE GULL, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 14 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, and 5 large alcid sp. Dec 3.

A male EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered Dec 4 in Rumson, precisely where a drake was found last year. From the intersection of Rumson Rd/Rte 520 and Navesink Ave, go north on Navesink Ave to a stop sign. Go straight, crossing Hartshorne Rd and make a quick right to a small gravel parking lot. Look for the bird in the pond there.

At least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was viewed this week in Rahway River Park off Saint Georges Ave in the grove of oak trees near the restrooms and playground Dec 3.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued this week at the Great Swamp NWR, noted on Dec 4. Look for the bird at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd between the heron rookery parking lot and the closed bridge-late afternoon may be best. The bird has been seen a few times around the drainage ditch; patience may be required to see this bird.

Raccoon Ridge tallied 15 BALD EAGLES, 4 GOLDEN EAGLES, and 2-4 RAVENS Dec 2.

In Sussex County a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK highlighted birds at Wallkill River NWR Dec 3. Two GOLDEN EAGLES were sighted over Culvers Gap Dec 2.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic Christmas Bird Count is scheduled from Belmar Jan 5 in search of gulls, alcids, and other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written details) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558 or http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njrc.html Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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