Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/15/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Feb 15 with reports of Review List rarities including YELLOW-LEGGED GULL, THAYER'S GULL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYES and both MURRES; updates on previous reports; and reports of GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HARLEQUIN, BROWN PELICAN, other gulls, N. SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, local reports and notice of a pelagic trip.

There will be a pelagic trip out of Cape May on the Miss Chris, Sun March 5, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m., to NJ and DE waters. For information and registration, call Paul at 215-234-6805.

A YELLOW-LEGGED GULL and three THAYER'S GULLS were reported at Florence this week. Records committees from both states are seeking documentation of these records. Also there ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. From 130 or 295, take Delaware Ave to the riverfront and observe the flock from both riverfront parks. Sunday the landfill is inactive, so weekdays and Saturdays are best. (Rare reports to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540).

Both COMMON MURRE and THICK-BILLED MURRE were reported on the whale watch out of Brielle Feb 13. Both BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were reported again this week: the drake at Sandy Hook was reported Feb 12, 13 in Horseshoe Cove with Commons; the drake at Merrill Creek was reported Feb 14 at 5:10 p.m. with two female goldeneyes, though it was not seen other days.

Both the VARIED THRUSH in Buena and the RUFOUS HUMMER in Blackwood were not found Feb 12-13 and are presumed gone. Birders should not go to those houses. We thank the Taylor and Murtha families for their hospitality during the sighting period.

The Moorestown GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE off Rte 537 were seen again Feb 12 on Hartford and Gorton Landing Roads in a field with 120 HORNED LARKS. Some 15-20 HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Light Feb 14; a RAZORBILL was briefly at a jetty in Harvey Cedars, and the drake COMMON EIDER was seen from 26th St in Barnegat Light. A BROWN PELICAN (!) was loafing at Manasquan Inlet off Channel Drive, and an ICELAND GULL was in the inlet on Feb 13. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at Sandy Hook at North Beach Pavilion Feb 11.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen Feb 14 at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road twice between 12:30 and 2:45 p.m., at the heronry gazebo and at the 90 degree bend; and at 2:30, a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and an adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWK were also at the gazebo. Six SHORT-EARED OWLS were on Oil City Road at Wallkill Refuge on the New York state line at dusk Feb 12. One LAPLAND LONGSPUR was on Oberly Road, Alpha Feb 13.

The CAPE MAY WARBLER in Columbia on the Delaware River in Warren Co. below the Gap was still there Feb 13. From 80, take exit 4 Columbia, Rte 46 east. Look for Knowlton family restaurant in town. Take Indian Head Lane behind the restaurant to the 3rd house on the left(gray with basketball hoop. Take the walkway past the front door to the deck. Please view the bird only from the deck; the bird has also been in the side tree.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling!

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