Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/9/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday December 9, 2004 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, WESTERN GREBE, EARED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, DOVEKIE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, CAVE SWALLOW, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

In Cape May PACIFIC LOON, 2 ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHERS, AND CAVE SWALLOWS were found this week: call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Two EARED GREBES were discovered at Lake's Bay in Atlantic County Dec 4-8. From the intersection of Rte 9 and Rtes 40/322, go east on Rtes 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. Also in the county was a SNOWY OWL seen again at the north end of North Brigantine Natural Area Dec 5 (DeLorme P.71, C-26).

The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE remained at Cedar Run Dock Rd through Dec 8. The best location for this bird has been the four or five cedars just before the bridge on the right as you approach and the wire above. The bird is also seen in the tree line across the marsh. Patience may be required as the bird is sometimes hidden (DeLorme P. 59, D-17). Also there this weekend were SHORT-EARED OWLS.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted 2 first-year male KING EIDERS, 35 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 80 SNOW BUNTINGS Dec 4.

Highlights of the Dec 4 pelagic out of Shark River Inlet included MANX SHEARWATER, 32 RAZORBILLS, 7 DOVEKIES, 7 ATLANTIC PUFFINS, and 13 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES.

North Shore reports Dec 5 were of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at the northwest corner of Shark River Estuary, viewed along Riverside Dr, an alcid species at Shark River Inlet, RAZORBILL and an adult LITTLE GULL at Manasquan Inlet. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Allaire State Park this week near the picnic area and furnace.

Sandy Hook this week had a NORTHERN SHRIKE just north of the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk and a raptor tentatively identified as a juvenile BROAD-WINGED HAWK there as well, both Dec 9. Check the sightings log at SHBO for daily reports.

The WESTERN GREBE continued in Raritan Bay through Dec 4. The bird is usually out in the bay near the Great Beds Lighthouse. From Rte 35 northbound take the first right on Morgan after the drawbridge and follow to the end at a cul-de-sac. Scan the bay from here. The grebe has also been seen from South Amboy Waterfront Park. More information about this and other Raritan Bay sites is available at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/SoAmboy.html Reports of a moribund Western Grebe on Staten Island turned out to be a Red-necked Grebe. Also on Raritan Bay Dec 9 was an impressive flock of GREATER SCAUP in 3 groups from Conaskonk Point to Old Bridge, estimated at 22,000!

Salem County reports were of a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along Compromise Road, and a ROSS'S GOOSE in the Snow Goose flock along nearby Rte 45. Mannington Marsh had 3 GLOSSY IBIS, GREEN HERON (both late), and TUNDRA SWANS. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was there off Sunset Rd.; all Dec 7.

An extremely late GREAT CRESTED FLYCATCHER was studied at Plainsboro Preserve Dec 4.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen in the Great Swamp NWR from Pleasant Plains Road Dec 5.

Raccoon Ridge Dec 5 tallied 13 BALD EAGLES, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE has been present Dec 3-5 on Armstrong Road, Wantage Township, Sussex County. The bird has been in an overgrown field at the intersection of Armstrong and Berry Roads (DeLorme P. 19, H-21). Check the section of the field that has lots of thorn bushes approximately 100 yard from the top of Armstrong Road. This is private property, so view only from the road.

A COMMON RAVEN was observed near Laurel Hill in the Hackensack Meadowlands Dec 4. Other birds noted in the meadowlands included 37 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, WILSON'S SNIPE, and 3 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. An adult BALD EAGLE was there Dec 9.


New Jersey Audubon Society's Cape May Bird Observatory and Rancocas Nature Center are accepting donations for Tri State Bird Rescue to help their rehabilitation efforts of oiled birds in response to the worst oil spill to hit the Delaware River since 1995. Species affected include waterfowl, herons, and gulls. Many more birds in need of rehabilitation are anticipated in the days and weeks ahead. You can help in the care of these birds by donating the following items: paper towels, cotton swabs (Q-tips), flat bed sheets, bath towels, Ensure (plain vanilla only) and Pedialyte (plain only). Donated items can be dropped off at either center during regular hours. See our website for more details http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers

See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic Christmas Bird Count from Belmar, NJ for winter seabirds. The trip is 8 hours long, which is shorter than usual. The cost is $70 plus an optional $5 CBC fee. Call 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com for more information.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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