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
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.