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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 10, 2011 with reports of REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, EARED GREBE, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, HORNED LARK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL and seasonal and local reports of interest.
An amazing 2000+ RAZORBILLS were witnessed moving south in small groups over the ocean from Manasquan Inlet on Feb. 6. This is by far the most Razorbills ever recorded in one day in the state.
A HARLEQUIN DUCK was observed Feb. 6 off 7 Presidents Park in Long Branch while two RED CROSSBILLS were there Feb. 6 and 7. A GLAUCOUS GULL was present at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Feb. 6, while two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were there Feb. 7. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was noted off Manasquan Inlet, while 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were tallied on the Shark River jetty in Belmar Feb. 7 .
Sandy Hook hosted a 1000+ BLACK SCOTERS and 1000+ GREATER SCAUP Feb. 4 along with a RED-NECKED GREBE and 11 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Also noted at Sandy Hook Feb. 4 were 125+ SNOW BUNTINGS, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR, an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, two flyover RED CROSSBILLS and a COMMON REDPOLL all at North Beach along with three "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS viewed elsewhere on the "Hook"
Barnegat Light SP was home to 75+ COMMON EIDER, 14+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS and several PURPLE SANDPIPERS Feb. 6. A light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK visited Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Feb. 5, while two SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted there Feb. 7.
An EARED GREBE was discovered in the area of the Avalon Sea-watch Feb. 7.
The Alpha Grasslands hosted 150+ HORNED LARKS and 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS Feb. 5, with 10+ REDHEADS at Round Valley Reservoir and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Merrill Creek Reservoir the same day.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues on the flats in Bayonne from Houlihan's Restaurant on Rt. 440 as of Feb. 7.
Three LAPLAND LONGSPURS along with 12+ HORNED LARKS were discovered at a farm on Ervey Road in Allamuchy, while about seven SNOW BUNTINGS and 50+ HORNED LARKS visited Hope at the intersection of Long Bridge and Shades of Death Road all Feb. 3.
The airport runway in Green Twp. Feb. 9 hosted a flock including 200 HORNED LARKS, 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR. Four SNOW BUNTINGS were also noted at Woodbourne Park in Wantage Feb. 3.
A female RUSTY BLACKBIRD visited Fredon Feb. 9 and a small flock of Rusty Blackbirds was discovered at Lenape Park in Cranford Jan. 31.
An ICELAND GULL was observed at Riverwinds Cove along the Delaware River in Gloucester County Feb. 4.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.