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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/16/2006
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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 reporting.

 
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