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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/10/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, Feb. 10, 2005 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, MANX SHEARWATER, ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, a pelagic trip announcement and seasonal and local reports of interest.

THICK-BILLED MURRES continue to be the best show in town with one rather reliable bird being seen almost daily from the base of Sandy Hook off of the toll booth area, while others have been observed Feb. 6 at Pullman Avenue in Elberon and Esplanade Avenue in Deal, Feb. 8 in Manasquan Inlet and Feb. 9 off the Belmar Marina in Shark River Estuary. Two RAZORBILLS were noted at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 8 and another at Barnegat Light SP Feb. 7 and 9.

Barnegat Light SP Feb. 7 hosted three KING EIDERS, 13 COMMON EIDERS, 15 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 4 BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES and 30+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS. A first year GLAUCOUS GULL was also discovered Feb. 7 near the Coast Guard Base in Barnegat Light. Two "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS were present at Barnegat Light SP Feb. 3.

Sandy Hook has been home to a RED-NECKED GREBE, Feb. 6 off Gunnison Beach and a drake EURASIAN WIGEON reported almost daily from the channels in the Marsh opposite Randolph Road near the Boy Scout Camp. Other Hook sightings include 24 HORNED LARKS Feb. 4 and 30+ SNOW BUNTING Feb. 5 observed from North Beach.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant, Feb. 8 while the Shark River Estuary bird was still present Feb. 5, with two REDHEADS there Feb. 4. Two other REDHEADS were tallied at Dock Road in West Creek Feb. 7. The bay off Cedar Run Dock Road in Cedar run hosted 250 CANVASBACKS Feb. 7 and the Hackensack Meadowlands, Lyndhurst 400+ Feb. 6. A HARLEQUIN DUCK was recorded in the ocean off Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Feb. 3.

Pullman Avenue in Elberon was home to a drake COMMON EIDER Feb. 3 to 6 and two BLACK-HEADED GULLS Feb. 5, while another BLACK-HEADED GULL was noted at Lake Takanassee Feb 9. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted Feb. 3 at Little Silver Lake and Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant. Island Beach SP Feb. 4 hosted six HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 30+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS and 50+ SNOW BUNTINGS.

A mini-pelagic on a fishing boat 7 to 10 miles out of Barnegat Light Feb. 6 produced six BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, a MANX SHEARWATER, 3 RAZORBILLS, an ICELAND GULL, a probable THICK-BILLED MURRE and two flocks of LONG-TAILED DUCKS totaling 1000 birds.

ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS appear to be staging a mini-invasion with Motts Creek hosting 11, Manahawkin five and Cedar Run three Feb. 5. Three were present in the Hackensack Meadowlands, Lyndhurst Feb. 6 and one Feb. 4, three daily at Oberly Road in Alpha, one at the Sussex County Dump Feb. 9 and two at the Sayreville Marsh Feb. 9. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also present at Sayreville Marsh Feb. 9.

SHORT-EARED OWLS have been tallied at Motts Creek, with three Feb. 5 and two almost daily at Oberly Road in Alpha. The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues in the Layton/Sandyston area last reported Feb. 9.

The wooded area behind the Batsto Village visitor center is home to 7 or more RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, while Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR is hosting as many as five more.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was discovered at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb. 7 among the six thousand plus SNOW GEESE along with two REDHEADS noted there Feb. 6. The Sussex County Dump treated birders Feb. 9 to six ICELAND GULLS and one GLAUCOUS GULL, while Roy Road in Sussex hosted 25 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS the same day.

ANNOUNCEMENT:

Space is available on the March 6 pelagic out of Cape May, targeting alcids, gulls, and other late winter seabirds. For more information please call Sea Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

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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