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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/12/2009
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 12, 2009 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBE, EARED GREBE, WESTERN GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, DOVEKIE, COMMON MURRE, RAZORBILL, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, SNOWY OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, AMERICAN PIPIT, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, AND PINE SISKIN, a pelagic report and seasonal and local reports of interest.

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.

A basic plumaged PACIFIC LOON was discovered off Deal Feb 9 and last seen at the end of Roosevelt Avenue Feb 11. A "Eurasian" GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at Lake Takanassee on the fourth pond in from Ocean Avenue Feb 11. The WESTERN GREBE off Deal was last reported Feb 5, while a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was present there Feb 7.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Silver Lake Belmar as of Feb 9, while three RED-NECKED GREBES were observed off Monmouth Beach Feb 8 and one at Shark River Estuary Feb 7. Forty SNOW BUNTINGS were tallied at Shark River Inlet also Feb 7.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was observed at the SW corner of the Gunnison Beach lot at Sandy Hook Feb 9 and 10 and was also noted 100 yards north of the Boy Scout Camp Feb 9. A hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE discovered Feb 7 at the south end of Horseshoe Cove Feb 7 became two hen Barrows Feb 11, while an ICELAND GULL was found at that location Feb 7. An ORANGE- CROWNED WARBLER has been observed at the Sandy Hook Visitor Center lot Feb 8 and 10.

WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL have been noted at Sandy Hook along Atlantic Drive with six Feb 8 and ten Feb 11, with about ten tallied at the Visitor Center Feb 8. A flock of over 100 COMMON REDPOLLS was observed near the garden at Sandy Hook Feb 7, with over 60 SNOW BUNTING visiting the field north of SHBO Feb 7 and 9. A RAZORBILL was also tallied at the end of the Fisherman's Trail at Sandy Hook Feb 7.

Conasconk Point hosted a first year ICELAND GULL Feb 10.

The RED-NECKED GREBE at Barnegat Light SP continued as of Feb 10 along with 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a COMMON EIDER, 20 HORNED LARKS and two "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROWS. A Rough-legged Hawk was present at Cedar Run Dock Road Feb 8.

Sayen Gardens on Hughes Drive in Hamilton seems to be the hotspot for WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS with up to 20 observed there through Feb 9.

Round Valley Reservoir continues to impress with bird reports this winter with the continuing EARED GREBE as of Feb 7 as well as five RED- NECKED GREBES, two ICELAND GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, 7 LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and several TUNDRA SWANS and four REDHEAD. Several flyover WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were also tallied there Feb 7.

A COMMON REDPOLL was observed along Fox Farm Road near the Merrill Creek hawkwatch site Feb 7 in a flock of over 100 PINE SISKINS. Pine Siskin reports are being received all across north Jersey. A GLAUCOUS GULL was recorded at Merrill Creek along with Several TUNDRA SWANS Feb 7. Other TUNDRA SWAN were noted along Valley Station Road in Portal also Feb. 7.

Oberly Road in Alpha was also a major hotspot with the week's high totals including: 250 SNOW BUNTINGS, 300 HORNED LARKS, six ROUGH- LEGGED HAWKS, three LAPLAND LONGSPURS and a flock of 3000 SNOW GEESE containing two CACKLING GEESE Feb 7. The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE continues being viewed Feb 8 at Melick's Town Farm along Rte. 513. Please be aware of private property issues.

The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER were relocated Feb 7 along Pleasant Plains Road. Four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were tallied at Black River WMA Feb 11, while 15 were tallied at Washington Crossing SP Feb 7 near the footbridge across Rte. 29. A dozen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were recorded at the Allendale Celery Feb. 6 with other WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS reported from backyards in Peapack and Morris Plains each also including a COMMON REDPOLL.

The two SNOWY OWLS continue at DeKorte in the NJ Meadowlands in Lyndhurst as of Feb 7, along with the "Eurasian " GREEN-WINGED TEAL, two SHORT-EARED OWLS and three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS. Over 120 SNOW BUNTINGS were tallied at the Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Feb 7 and the two COMMON RAVENS were observed at Laurel Hill in the Meadowlands in Secaucus Feb 6.

Five ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were recorded at Troy Meadows in Parsippany Feb 6, while a RUSTY BLACKBIRD was noted at Waterloo Feb 8.

Rainbow Lake in Salem County Feb 9 hosted eight TUNDRA SWANS and two REDHEAD, while two REDHEAD were present at National Park Feb 8. Pedricktown featured a flyover COMMON REDPOLL and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD Feb 7. Fifty HORNED LARKS were tallied on Bay Point Road in Salem County Feb 9 and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at the Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth Feb 5. Ten WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS made it to Pitman in Gloucester County Feb 10.

A pelagic trip out to Belmar Feb 8 to the "Mud Hole" ten miles offshore produced excellent results including: three RED-NECKED GREBES, three ICELAND GULLS, a GLAUCOUS GULL, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE, ten COMMON MURRE, 19 RAZORBILL and an ATLANTIC PUFFIN.

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.

*Birders are encouraged to submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 'report AT njbrc.net' or hard copy to 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

 
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