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
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 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.
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
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.