Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/8/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday December 8, 2011 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was reported in the Califon, Hunterdon County area Dec 4. The bird was seen along Rte 513 about 2 miles east of Califon where the road crosses the Raritan River near the Raritan Inn. Birders should keep in mind a presumed hybrid Barnacle Goose X Canada Goose has also been seen in the area.

Five species of geese were found in Somerset County this week. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE remained at Duke Island Park through Dec 4 and a ROSS'S GOOSE appeared there Dec 5 along Old York Rd. Another GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, a juvenile BRANT, and 2 CACKLING GEESE were found in a field bordered by Schoolhouse & Randolph Roads Dec 5. Also in Franklin Twp were 4 SANDHILL CRANES seen in a cornfield along Weston Canal Rd near Zarepath Dec 3.

Three NORTHERN SHRIKES were detected in Sussex County this week. One bird was seen along Oil City Rd/Liberty Loop impoundment at Wallkill River NWR Dec 3, another was found in Augusta in a field off Rte 206 near mile marker 113 on Dec 3, and a third was found near Peter's Valley at the intersection of Kuhn & Thunder Mountain Roads Dec 5.

The SNOWY OWL continues at Merrill Creek Reservoir through Dec 5; look for the bird in the rocks below the main dam. Also there were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES.

The female EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Darlington Lake in Mahwah through Dec 5. Also in Bergen County at the DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst were a HORNED GREBE, an immature ICELAND GULL, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, and late EASTERN PHOEBE and PALM WARBLER Dec 3-4.

At Weequahic Park in Newark 7 CACKLING GEESE and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL were noted Dec 2.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN at Plum Island, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES in Horseshoe Cove, a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT at Gunnison lot, and 90 SNOW BUNTINGS at the end of the fisherman's trail Dec 4.

A LARK SPARROW was seen at Dorbrook Park near the parking lot Dec 3. Also there was a late LINCOLN'S SPARROW and 6 FOX SPARROWS.

A juvenile RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park NW) Dec 2.

Barnegat Inlet hosted 350 COMMON EIDERS, 2 female KING EIDERS, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 4 PARASITIC JAEGERS Dec 3. A BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE and LITTLE GULL were noted there Dec 7. Also in Ocean County were 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting marshes between Dock Rd and Cedar Run Dock Rd and another Short-eared Owl at Taylor's Lane, all Dec 3.


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