Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/12/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 12, 2004 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

Up to 3-4 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS have been found at Island Beach State Park Feb 7-8, & 10, viewed about half way down the Reeds Road Trail. Reeds Road is the first trail on the right about a quarter mile after the park entrance. A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again on the right hand side of the entrance road, just after the fee booth Feb 10. A RED-NECKED GREBE was viewed from the end of the Reeds Road Trail the same day.

Another BOHEMIAN WAXWING was discovered at Sandy Hook Feb 12. The bird was seen in the trees along the northern edge of the Horseshoe Cove salt marsh with a small flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS.

Yet another Bohemian Waxwing was found at Nummy's Island this week - call the CMBO Hotline for details.

Two female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found again in Salem County Feb 8 & 10. They were seen in a cattle feed lot just east of the junction of routes 658 and 650 north of Hancock's Bridge (DeLorme P. 61, L-15). Other Salem County reports included a ROSS'S GOOSE on Whig Lane near Deerfield and 60 TUNDRA SWANS on Gordon Road (Mannington Marsh).

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues off Conaskonk Point through Feb 10 with hundreds of COMMON GOLDENEYE and other diving ducks. A flyby RAZORBILL was noted there Feb 7. A free "Where to bird along Raritan Bay" Map is available at SHBO or on our website.

The EURASIAN WIGEON is still present at Shark River Estuary through the weekend, best viewed from Riverside Drive. The bird was also seen recently feeding on the lawns at MacClearie Park on Rt. 35. Also at Shark River Feb 7-8 were RED-NECKED GREBE, 10+ GREAT CORMORANTS, and ICELAND GULL.

Other North Shore birds this week were RED-NECKED GREBE, GLAUCOUS GULL & LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and 5 RAZORBILLS at Manasquan Inlet, 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Wreck Pond, 2 RAZORBILLS off Spring Lake, RED-NECKED GREBE at Allenhurst jetties, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL in Deal, HARLEQUIN DUCK and ICELAND GULL at Pullman Ave in Elberon. An AMERICAN PIPIT has been frequenting the grass and water's edge at the second pond west of Ocean Ave at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch. A possible "Nelson's Gull" (GLAUCOUS GULL X HERRING GULL Hybrid) was studied at Manasquan Inlet Feb 8.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found on Lake Assunpink Feb 7. Nearby Plainsboro Preserve had 3 REDHEADS Feb 10 and an INDIGO BUNTING this week.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again in the Great Swamp NWR Feb 11 at the 90-degree turn on Pleasant Plains Road along with a hunting LONG-EARED OWL at dusk.

A flock of 200 COMMON REDPOLLS was found at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb 12 along Fox Farm Road.

Single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and ICELAND GULL were noted at the Sussex County Landfill Feb 7 & 10. A GLAUCOUS GULL was there Feb 10. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15.

Reports from the Wallkill River NWR area Feb 7 included 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 5 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

Liberty State Park Feb 9 had two SHORT-EARED OWLS hunting along Freedom Way.

PINE SISKINS and BARRED OWL were still present this week at Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood; the feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary has FOX SPARROWS and TREE SPARROWS.

PINE SISKINS, PURPLE FINCHES, and COMMON REDPOLLS continue to frequent feeders in small numbers at feeders in northern parts of the state this week.


The March 7 Cape May pelagic has just 10 spaces left. Reservations are also being taken for a trip on April 17 out of Belmar, NJ. This trip hopes to see if this is a good time of year to try for Great Skua, and will seek out the large mackerel and herring schools migrating north. For more information, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds 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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