Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 12/9/2010
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 9, 2010 with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RAZORBILL, SEDGE WREN, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were soaring over the Spruce Run Reservoir boat launch on the afternoon of Dec 6. Also there were 30+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 36 SNOW BUNTINGS.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was seen from the overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd at Great Swamp NWR Dec 4.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Duck Pond Park off East Ridgewood Ave in Ridgewood Dec 6.

Raccoon Ridge Hawk Watch had 3 GOLDEN EAGLES and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Dec 4 and 15 fly-by TUNDRA SWANS and 2 GOLDEN EAGLES Dec 5.

Thirty RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were tallied at Glenhurst Meadows Dec 2.

A very late NORTHERN PARULA was noted Dec 7-8 at Donaldson Park in New Brunswick.

North Shore reports this week were of the continuing Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Lake Takanasee--usually in the third or fourth pond west in the chain, adult BLACK-HEADED GULLS of Esplanade St in Deal Dec 2 and at Manasquan Inlet Dec 5, and 2 RAZORBILLS off Marine & Phillips Aves in Deal Dec 5. More information about birding the northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

Five CACKLING GEESE were observed at Etra Lake in Twin Rivers Dec 6.

Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet hosted 580 COMMON EIDERS, an immature male KING EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE Dec 4-5. An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was seen flying up the inlet Dec 3.

The south end of Brigantine Island had a mixed shorebird flock that included 21 MARBLED GODWITS, 250 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 50 WESTERN WILLETS Dec 5.

A SEDGE WREN highlighted birds at Floodgates in Gloucester County Dec 5. The bird was seen in a marshy area with phragmites approximately 200 yards north of the main viewing area along the Delaware River.


A near-shore Pelagic Trip is scheduled for Saturday January 22, 2011 from Belmar NJ. This 8-hour trip will search for alcids including Razorbill, murres, Atlantic Puffin, plus Black-legged Kittiwake and other "good" gulls. Cost is $115. For more information or to register contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or info@paulagics.com

The Boonton CBC is looking for additional observers; if you are interested in participating in this Morris County count, please contact Rick Radis at isotria AT verizon.net

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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