This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
February 16, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BLACK BRANT, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, SANDHILL CRANE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of
interest and announcements.
Four male and three female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continued near the
intersection of Supawna and Freas Roads in Salem County Feb 11 (DeLorme P.
60, H-13). At Mannington Marsh 39 TUNDRA SWANS, 3
SANDHILL CRANES, and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found Feb 11.
Also in Salem County, 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 15 SNOW BUNTINGS were noted at
the DeLea Sod Farm just east of the intersection of Rte 40 and
Pointers-Auburn Rd Feb 11.
Sandy Hook's female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued this week. On Feb
11 it was found north of its usual haunts in the bay off Guardian Park.
This is the parking area with the Nike missile just south of SHBO. Check
Goldeneye flocks here and in Horseshoe Cove. To access the Horseshoe Cove
site park at the median past the ranger station (there is a Nike missile
surrounded by a fence here), walk north and take the service road on the
left to the bay; check the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock for the bird. Also at the
hook on Feb 11 in Spermaceti Cove was the drake EURASIAN WIGEON, best viewed
from the south end of Spermaceti Cove accessed from C-lot, and an adult
ICELAND GULL at the Spermaceti Cove sandbar. A flock of 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS
has been viewed this week at North Beach and two AMERICAN WOODCOCK were
displaying near Gunnison lot Feb 15. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy
Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A BLACK BRANT was noted again at South Amboy Waterfront Park Feb 10.
For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/centers/shbo and click on
"Birding Raritan Bay."
North Shore reports this week were of the continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEON
at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach, single COMMON EIDERS in the
Ocean off Wreck Pond and off Pullman Avenue in Elberon, and a first winter
ICELAND GULL at Manasquan Inlet, all Feb 11.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 4 Canada X Greater White-fronted Goose
hybrids were on Turn Mill Pond at Collier's Mills WMA Feb 10-11. Two hybrid
CRANES, possibly Sandhill X Common Crane, were noted near New Egypt at the
intersection of Big Woods and Inman Roads Feb 10 (DeLorme P. 49, H-15).
A belated report was received of a drake EURASIAN WIGEON and 22 TREE
SWALLOWS at Brigantine NWR Feb 8.
Florence hosted 22 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL, and 2
first-winter ICELAND GULLS Feb 10.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES continued at Round Valley Reservoir through Feb 11.
In Warren County, a VESPER SPARROW was noted along Oberly Rd at Alpha, found
near the tall grass and white house/barn complex that straddles the road Feb
11. On Feb 14 a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was there among 200+ HORNED LARKS near the
south end of the road. Another VESPER SPARROW was found in Harmony Twp
along Garrison Rd (DeLorme P.
28, G-5). Both Vespers were in the company of SAVANNAH SPARROWS.
At the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette a juvenile GLAUCOUS GULL and a
juvenile ICELAND GULL were observed Feb 11. At Swartswood Lake
5 REDHEADS were present the same day. See announcements for how to bird the
Sussex County Landfill.
A pelagic trip is scheduled from Cape May March 5 in search of fulmar,
alcids, and gulls. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at
215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com
Birders are currently allowed access to the Sussex County Landfill, based on
the following rules. Drive into the landfill past the entrance booth and
stay to the far right. Turn right at the first stop sign and proceed to a
second stop sign. Go straight on the dirt
road about 50 feet and turn left into a grassy area to park.
Alternatively you may park straight ahead along the dirt road WELL PAST
where the trucks go up the hill. DO NOT park along the chain link fence.
You may walk up the dirt road where the trucks go as far as where they turn
in to the landfill and bird from there. DO NOT go on top of the old
landfill. You can also park at the administration building (first left
after you come in off Rte 94). Walk back up toward Rte 94 and go left by
the orange fire hydrant. This takes you to an overlook of the landfill that
offers a better access point during muddy or snow-covered road conditions.
It also keeps you away from the trucks and dust. The landfill is open from
7 am to 2 pm Monday-Saturday.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey.
To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit
documentation (photos, field sketches, written
descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records
Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and