This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Feb 17 with reports of Review
List species including TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
ROSS'S GOOSE, and other species including GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE, DOVEKIE, HARLEQUIN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, local reports and
The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE persists among the cedar berries at
Heislerville WMA on East Point Rd about 1.2 miles from Main St. On
Feb 13, the bird was observed between 1:30 and 3:00 p.m.
The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues in Horse Shoe Cove, Sandy Hook.
No reports this week of the white-winged gulls at I-lot.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was found Feb 13 among snows in Salem County at
the intersection of Rtes. 45 and 40, where there has also been a
large blackbird flock. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was present last week
at the Salem Nuclear Plant.
A DOVEKIE was belatedly reported from Pt. Pleasant behind the Tiki
Bar south of Manasquan Inlet on Feb 7. Up to 29 HARLEQUINS and 150
SNOW BUNTINGS were at Barnegat Jetty this week, with TURNSTONES,
DUNLIN, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVERS and PURPLE SANDPIPERS. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GOOSE was reported at Merrill Creek Res. Feb 12 until dark, along
with a good mix of waterfowl including REDHEAD and GREATER SCAUP and LESSER SCAUP.
Among various local reports this week were 400 COM. MERGANSER at
Mercer County Park Lake; FOX SPARROW at Stony Brook-Millstone; 300
RUDDY DUCK and 15 SHOVELERS at Weequahic Park in Newark; two Harbor
Seals in the Raritan River two miles above Driscoll Bridge at
Raritan Center; a MERLIN on a steeple at Carlin Ave, Metuchen; a
PEREGRINE on a tower at Lake Tappan; and a BALD EAGLE over
Hillsborough along the Raritan.
Extralimitals this past week at Conowingo dam included SLATY-BACKED
GULL early and late in the day, and also CALIFORNIA GULLS and THAYER'S
GULLS. Take Rte 95 south to Newark DE, and Rte. 273 west to get
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