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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/13/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 13, 2003 with reports of TUFTED DUCK, EURASIAN WIGEON, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, RAZORBILL, THAYER'S GULL, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal, local reports of interest and a pelagic trip announcement.

The drake TUFTED DUCK was seen again in the Shrewsbury River at the west end of Center St. in downtown Sea Bright Feb 8. Nearby Sandy Hook had 25-50 SNOW BUNTINGS off Area B and SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER and WHITE-WINGED SCOTER the same day; a RAZORBILL was off Parking Area C Feb 11.

The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues in Shark River Estuary this week, best viewed from Marconi Rd. The Shark River Municipal Harbor had an adult GLAUCOUS and three second-year ICELAND GULLS Feb 11. Also on the North Shore was a RED-NECKED GREBE on Fletcher Lake in Bradley Beach Feb 11; four RAZORBILLS at Manasquan Inlet Feb 7; LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Lake Takanassee and Phillips Ave in Deal; and a RAZORBILL off Pullman Ave in Elberon Feb 9.

The Alpha Grasslands had an excellent count of ten LAPLAND LONGSPURS Feb 12. The birds were on the south side of Snyders Rd with hundreds of HORNED LARKS near a mound of dirt and bare earth (DeLorme P. 59, D-17). Two to five LAPLAND LONGSPURS were seen this week along Oberly Rd.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was observed at Lake Assunpink Feb 9 along with a REDHEAD and thirteen other species of waterfowl. Birders should be cautious when looking for the white-front-there is a domestic/greylag type goose also present.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Island Beach State Park off Parking Area A-23 Feb 8.

Three SHORT-EARED OWLS continued along Cedar Run Dock Road Feb 8 (DeLorme P. 59, D-17).

Florence continues to host GLAUCOUS, ICELAND, and numbers of LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS; two THAYER'S GULLS were reported Feb 8. Observers are encouraged to submit documentation to the NJ Bird Records Committee for the latter species.

Salem County reports included a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 250 HORNED LARKS and eight AMERICAN PIPITS along County Home Rd Feb 11 (DeLorme P. 61, E-21); BALD EAGLE at Mannington Marsh; numbers of TUNDRA SWANS at Salem River WMA (DeLorme P. 61, G-18); and 500 HORNED LARKS and AMERICAN PIPIT at Griscom Road Feb 9.

Five ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were at the Wallkill River NWR Feb 11 along Oil City, Kelly, Lake Wallkill, and Owens Station Roads.

COMMON RAVENS continue at Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood this week. The birds are most often heard in the large spruce trees in front of the center during early morning or late afternoon.

Merrill Creek Reservoir is currently closed to the public for security reasons and will remain that way as long as there is a code orange security status.

A pelagic trip from Cape May is scheduled for Mar 2 with a weather date of Mar 9 in search of FULMAR, ALCIDS, AND GULLS. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6850 or http://www.paulagics.com

Corrigenda: The COMMON CRANE reported last week as undetermined origin' is in fact a known escape that originated in upstate New York and has associated with a SANDHILL CRANE in Salem County for a number of years.

The Voice of New Jersey 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 Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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