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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/1/2007
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 1, 2007 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, RED-NECKED GREBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, WESTERN TANAGER, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Echo Hill Park in Clinton was last reported Jan. 28, while the Port Republic WESTERN TANAGER was found dead Jan. 26 probably due to the extreme cold temperatures.

Sandy Hook is now the winter home of a pair of BARROW'S GOLDENEYES as a male was tentatively identified the Jan. 18, the day of the LONG- BILLED MURRELET and refound Jan. 27 with both the drake and the hen together in Horseshoe Cove Feb. 1. Other Sandy Hook reports include: a distant KING EIDER noted off the C or Chokecherry lot Jan. 30; a RAZORBILL from the toll booth lot at the base of the Hook Feb. 1; a SHORT-EARED OWL at the north end Jan. 27; a LAPLAND LONGSPUR and a SNOW BUNTING From the North Beach pavilion Jan. 27; and an "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW at Battery Kingman and Mills Jan. 28.

A REDHEAD was observed at the Assunpink WMA Jan. 27-28 and the EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar was noted Jan. 28. A RED- NECKED GREBE was discovered at Shark River Inlet Jan. 31, while six RAZORBILLS were tallied at Manasquan Inlet Jan. 28 and three Jan. 31. Another RAZORBILL was observed off Deal Jan. 28. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was recorded over the surf between Sea Bright and Monmouth Beach Jan. 27 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL visited Silver Lake in Belmar Jan. 28.

Barnegat Light SP continues to be a hotspot with a maximum of 65 COMMON EIDERS, 38 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 20+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS and 6 HORNED LARKS reported during the last week. The first year KING EIDER continues there as well as an imm. GLAUCOUS GULL and two "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE in Layton was present Jan. 28, while there was a late report of an imm. GOLDEN EAGLE over Van Campen Inn on Old Mine Road Jan. 21.

A pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in Rahway River Park in Rahway and another at the Duck Pond in Ridgewood. A GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE was observed on Halifax Road in Mahwah Jan. 28, while three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS visited the Celery Farm in Allendale Jan. 31.

A pair of TUNDRA SWANS were present at Mannington Marsh and 60+ HORNED LARKS at Pedricktown Jan. 28

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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