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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/8/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, December 8, 2005 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, BLACK BRANT, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WESTERN GREBE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, WESTERN SANDPIPER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, BLACK GUILLEMOT, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, WESTERN TANAGER, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, PINE SISKIN, a pelagic update and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A BLACK GUILLEMOT was discovered at Barnegat Light SP Dec. 3 and was still present as of Dec. 8. This is the 12th record for New Jersey in 76 years and first lingering bird since Dec. 1962-Jan. 1963. The bird can be seen almost anywhere along the jetty on the south side of Barnegat Inlet and along the bulkhead near the lighthouse. Other Barnegat Light SP sightings include a fly-by RAZORBILL, A COMMON EIDER, 3 PURPLE SANDPIPERS 8+ "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS and 30 SNOW BUNTINGS Dec. 5, 26+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and a jaeger (sp) Dec. 4

A female-type WESTERN TANAGER was observed at the south side of the parking lot at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Dec. 3, but has not reappeared. Other Brig sightings include: fly-by ROSS'S GOOSE, 29 TUNDRA SWANS, a GOLDEN EAGLE, several WESTERN SANDPIPERS and an "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW Dec. 4.

The WESTERN GREBE continues at South Amboy Waterfront Park as of Dec. 7; for directions check the website at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers SHBO. A BLACK BRANT was also present there Dec. 2 and a HORNED LARK Dec. 4.

Sandy Hook hosted an adult NORTHERN GOSHAWK Dec. 2 at North Pond and Dec. 3 at Spermaceti Cove, a HARLEQUIN DUCK Dec. 3 and 4 and seven COMMON EIDERS off C-Lot, as well as 75 SNOW BUNTINGS and 8 HORNED LARKS at North Beach all Dec. 3. Late was a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW observed over North Pond Dec. 2.

A EURASIAN WIGEON was present on a pond in Rumson Dec. 2 and 3 at the intersection of Navesink and Hartshorne. A CACKLING GOOSE was discovered among a flock of CANADA GEESE on Willowbrook Road near Thompson Park in Holmdel Dec. 3. Two TUNDRA SWANS visited Assunpink WMA Dec. 4. Wreck Pond in Spring Lake hosted a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, while a HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed off Neptune Avenue in Sea Bright Dec. 4

An immature GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at the DeKorte Environmental Center in Lyndhurst Dec. 5, while 30 HORNED LARKS were tallied at Liberty SP Dec. 7. The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Garret Mountain Reservation in West Paterson as of Dec. 7 seen on the upper road opposite the horse stables.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered in Layton at the intersection of County Roads 640 and 560 just north of the intersection of County 615 Dec. 4 (Delorme P.18, I-10). Swartswood Lake hosted a GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE seen from Rt. 521 Dec. 2, while 125 HOODED MERGANSERS were present on Lake Musconetcong Dec. 5. Three PINE SISKINS visited a feeder in Lake Stockholm Dec. 6 and ten TUNDRA SWANS were tallied on Spruce Run Reservoir Dec. 5. Four REDHEAD were present at White Lake in Kittatinny SP Dec. 1

The Dec. 30 pelagic CBC out of Belmar is full and names are being taken for a waiting list. Contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. 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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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