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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 17, 2011 with reports of COMMON MURRE, EURASIAN WIGEON, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A COMMON MURRE appeared at Manasquan Inlet Feb 11.
Up to 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 2-3 RED CROSSBILLS continue this week through Feb 13 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch. The birds are often found in the pines on the north side of the main entrance opposite the Lighthouse Ice Cream stand. They have also been seen in the large stand of pines by the maintenance yard. Please DO NOT enter the maintenance yard--you can view them better from the road outside of the yard. The drake Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues through Feb 13 at the third pond west in the Lake Takanassee chain. Seven LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at various north shore ponds the same day. More info about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
At Sandy Hook a COMMON EIDER and ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER were noted Feb 13. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Up to 8 REDHEADS have been noted in the duck flock at the Oceanic Bridge in Middletown Feb 11-15.
Twenty PINE SISKINS are visiting the feeders at Huber Woods Environmental Center in Middletown this week.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was teased out of a 5,000+ SNOW GOOSE flock in Upper Freehold Twp Feb 16. The goose flock was along Rte 524 near the intersection of Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd.
A flock of 12 COMMON REDPOLLS was detected at Plainsboro Preserve along Maggie's Trail Feb 16 and birds have also been visiting feeders at the nature center there this week. Also in Middlesex County was an ICELAND GULL at South Amboy Feb 12 and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS at Donaldson Park Feb 15.
Five MONK PARAKEETS were noted in Carteret near the intersection of Washington Ave and High St Feb 12.
The male HARLEQUIN DUCK has resurfaced on the Delaware River in Harmony Twp. The bird is in a flock of BUFFLEHEADS and was viewed off South Foul Rift Rd opposite the power plant. Morning offer the best light conditions. Also in Warren County was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Rd) Feb 11.
Four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at the Liberty Loop trail at Wallkill River NWR Feb 13.
A COMMON REDPOLL visited the Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes Feb 16.
Liberty State Park Feb 13 hosted a second-cycle ICELAND GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and at the nearby Bayonne Golf Club the BLACK-HEADED GULL was detected.
NJ Meadowlands sightings were of 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 4 RING-NECKED PHEASANTS Feb 13. A drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was observed at Mill Creek Marsh in Secaucus Feb 15.
Salem County reports included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Mannington Marsh Feb 14 and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK along County Home Rd Feb 12.
Three ICELAND GULLS were viewed from Florence Feb 10. Also on the lower Delaware River this week was a RED-NECKED GREBE off Hawk Island and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES off Delanco Feb 16 in Burlington County.
Two MARBLED GODWITS and 17 "Western" WILLETS were found at Brigantine Island/Absecon Inlet Feb 13.
ANNOUNCEMENTS: An eight-hour "inshore" pelagic from Belmar is scheduled for Mar 26, in search of Razorbills, Murres, Dovekie, and gulls. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at info AT paluagics.com or 215-234-6805.
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