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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/17/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 17, 2005 with reports of possible GYRFALCON, THICK-BILLED MURRE, CACKLING GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was found in Shark River Marina near the party boats Feb 11-12. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was observed on the Black Creek section (northwest corner) of Wreck Pond Feb 14. Other North Shore reports were of a RAZORBILL at Manasquan Inlet Feb 12, a drake HARLEQUIN DUCK and a RED-NECKED GREBE with all three scoters off Clem Conover Rd in Deal Feb 15. Interesting gulls in the area this week were an adult ICELAND GULL on Lake Takanassee and single adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Shark River, Old Sam's Pond, and Lake Takanassee. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen near the village in Allaire State Park Feb 14.

A possible GYRFALCON was reported in Salem County along Nimrod and Sunset Roads near Mannington Marsh Feb 11-12no reports since. Please report this bird if relocated. Also in Salem County was a CACKLING GOOSE in a large SNOW GOOSE flock along Compromise Rd and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Mad Horse Creek WMA.

Sandy Hook's drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues at the Horseshoe Cove salt marsh through Feb 12. Also at the hook that day were a subadult GLAUCOUS GULL at Spermaceti Cove, a BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE off North Beach, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS at Gunnison Beach.

A dead THICK-BILLED MURRE was found at Conaskonk Point Feb 16.

Birds noted at Barnegat Light State Park this week included 7 hen COMMON EIDERS, up to 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, GREAT CORMORANT, and PURPLE SANDPIPER.

The salt marsh at Mott's Creek Rd near Brigantine NWR hosted 11 Short-eared Owls Feb 15.

In Burlington County up to 7 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest: look for the birds behind the visitor center near the portable toilets. At the other end of the county gulls were in evidence again at Florence with 20 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, and an ICELAND GULL, viewed from the park south of the boat ramp Feb 11.

Lord Stirling Park hosted 3-5 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS from the east observation tower Feb 11.

Five GREAT CORMORANTS continued this week at Round Valley Reservoir.

Merrill Creek Reservoir continues to host 4 REDHEADS best viewed from the tower outlet; also there is a CACKLING GOOSE among 5,000+ CANADA GEESE. A GOLDEN EAGLE was reported there Feb 14 and may still be in the area.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE in Sandyston Twp., Sussex Co. was seen again Feb 13 & 17 near the intersection of Rtes. 640 and 615 between Layton and Bevans (DeLorme P. 18, I-10). Also in Sussex County were 3 CACKLING GEESE near Andover. From Rte 206 in Andover go a few miles north to Rte 603 and turn left. Travel approximately 1 to 2 miles to the puddles in the soybean field and look here. A COMMON RAVEN was noted at Kuser Bog Feb 13. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Roy Road in Wantage the same day.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics is running a trip from Cape May Mar 6 for alcids, gulls, and other seabirdssee their website http://www.paulagics.com or phone 215-234-6805 for details.

With the recent invasion of Thick-billed Murres in the state birders are asked to submit details on any sightings of this species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee in order to further document this very unusual event; visit the NJBRC website at http://www.princeton.edu/~llarson/njbrc.html for information about how to report.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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