This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday February 14, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BOHEMIAN
WAXWING, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local
reports of interest.
The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE was noted Feb 9 & 11, seen the first day
along Rte 513 near the Echo Hill Farm and on the latter day along the
Raritan River north of Califon (DeLorme P. 29, J-24).
At Sandy Hook 2-3 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continue, most recently seen along
the bike path between the Boy Scout Camp parking lot and the Horseshoe
Cove parking lot (Lot L) Feb 10. The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues in
its usual spot around the east end of Randolph Drive and the "road to
nowhere." Other sightings from the hook this week included 2-4
RAZORBILLS off lots B, D, and North Beach Feb 8-12; an adult LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULL at North Beach Feb 9 and 2 RED CROSSBILLS at the
Scout Camp Feb 11. The BARRED OWL was heard calling north of the scout
camp Feb 12. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available
at SHBO; check the bird sightings log there for daily reports.
North Shore reports this week included 2 RAZORBILLS at Manasquan Inlet
Feb 9, EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar, a RAZORBILL at Shark
River Inlet Feb 10, a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Manasquan Inlet Feb 9, and
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach, Lake Como,
and Lake Takanassee.
Barnegat Light State Park hosted 33 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 3 RAZORBILLS
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted along the dikes at Brigantine NWR Feb 12.
Hunterdon County sightings were of a CACKLING GOOSE, 2 LESSER BLACK-
BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir Feb 10.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Great Swamp NWR near the Heronry
Overlook on Pleasant Plains Road through Feb 9.
At Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Trail 15 NORTHERN HARRIERS, up to
6 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and 7 SHORT-EARED OWLS were observed Feb 9 & 11.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were seen at Lenape Park in Cranford
Feb 8 & 12. The birds were seen in the vicinity of the dam near
Springfield Ave. heading into Kenilworth.
Three ICELAND GULLS (one adult, two immatures) were observed at
Newark's Weequaic Park Feb 12.
Twelve COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Garret Mountain Feb 8, viewed in
the field near the basketball courts.
Up to 4 COMMON REDPOLLS were still visiting the feeders at New Jersey
Audubon's Plainsboro Preserve through Feb 10.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written
documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.