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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
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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