This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 12, 2015 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, PACIFIC LOON, THICK-BILLED MURRE, PAINTED BUNTING, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Three TRUMPETER SWANS were seen intermittently on Lake Assunpink this week, along with a lone TUNDRA SWAN.
A PACIFIC LOON was found on the south side of Manasquan Inlet in Point Pleasant Beach Feb 7 along with RED-NECKED GREBE. Other North Shore reports this week included EURASIAN WIGEON and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES at Shark River Estuary, a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Fisherman's Cove in Manasquan Feb 6, and 18 COMMON REDPOLLS in the dunes at Monmouth Beach.
Several THICK-BILLED MURRES appeared along the north Jersey coast Feb 11-12, with two birds at BARNEGAT INLET Feb 11, another two at Manasquan Inlet, a recently deceased bird and another individual on the beach in Bradley Beach, and a single at Absecon Inlet, all Feb 12.
The male PAINTED BUNTING continues to visit a feeder in Andover Borough, Sussex County this week. The homeowners have asked that anyone who wants to see the bird do so from the Sussex Branch Trail, which runs right along the back edge of their yard. From "downtown" Andover on Route 206 turn on Smith Street at the light in the center of town. There is parking at Borough Hall on the left. Cross Smith St and walk 3/10 of a mile north on the Sussex Branch Trail. You will come to a green house on the right side of the trail with 2 large white pines in the yard. The house is directly across Route 206 from Jensen's Service Center. The bird comes to a feeder hanging on the side porch and rarely feeds on the ground. It comes and goes with a flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and is very skittish.
Also in Sussex County were 2-3 ICELAND GULLS and GLAUCOUS GULL at the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette Feb 7-8 and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was gleaned from a HORNED LARK flock along Davis Rd near the intersection with Plains Rd in Frankford Twp Feb 6.
Warren County sightings this week included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Oberly Rd in Alpha Feb 8; 25 COMMON REDPOLLS were detected along Old Mine Rd near the Poxono Island Boat Launch the same day.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at Round Valley Reservoir Feb 8. Also in Hunterdon County were single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Javes Rd in Holland Twp and along Island Rd off Rte 22.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found along Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR Feb 7. At nearby Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary up to 30 PINE SISKINS were visiting the feeders this week.
Several ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found at Duke Farms this week. Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found at Six Mile Run Preserve in Franklin Twp.
Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Mercer County Park Northwest (Pole Farm) along Federal City Rd Feb 7. Also in Mercer County was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along Rte 539 just southwest of the intersection with Windsor-Perrineville Rd Feb 8.
A BARN OWL was hunting over Ocean Terminal in Bayonne Feb 6. Also there this week was a SNOWY OWL. At Liberty State Park 12 COMMON REDPOLLS were found Feb 6. Four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found at Mill Creek Point in Secaucus Feb 8.
The ROSS'S GOOSE was seen again at Marshall's Pond in Toms River Feb 7. Also in Ocean County at Barnegat Lighthouse State Park 75 COMMON REDPOLLS were tallied Feb 6.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue this week in Southampton Twp, Burlington County, seen in fields along Rte 206.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was found on Brigantine Island off 5th St and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at North Brigantine Natural Area Feb 8. The south end of Brigantine Island near Absecon Inlet had 40+ WESTERN WILLETS and 4 MARBLED GODWITS. A DOVEKIE was a fly-by at Absecon Inlet Feb 12.
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered at Corson's Inlet State Park Feb 8. From the parking lot, take the yellow trail to the beach. Turn right, walk a quarter mile and look in the scrub-shrub between the ocean and the bay.
Four SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Mannington Marsh Feb 8.
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