This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 18, 2010 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES continued this week at Sandy Hook through Feb 15. Look for the birds from the end of the gated service road opposite F-lot. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL continues to frequent the rocks off SHBO through Feb 16. Other birds noted at the hook this week included BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER & SURF SCOTER, HORNED LARKS, and SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A WESTERN GREBE was noted inside Manasquan Inlet Feb 13-14. Also along the north shore this week was the continuing flock of 150 BLACK SCOTERS and 7 COMMON EIDERS off Marine Dr in Deal and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Roosevelt Ave.
The SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen as recently as Feb 13 at Palmyra Cove, often found near the company of a few Eastern Towhees at the "big pit." Also there was a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 15 FOX SPARROWS.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen this week along Disposal Road at the DeKorte Environment Center in the NJ Meadowlands through Feb 18. It was also viewed along the Saw Mill Creek trail. Also at DeKorte was a flock of 218 CANVASBACKS. Elsewhere in Bergen County a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was at Van Buskirk Park in Oradell Feb 14.
A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT continues at the Ridge High Varsity Field Complex in Basking Ridge through Feb 17. The entrance is 100 yards west of Lord Stirling Park. After pulling into the lot proceed to the small lot at the end on the right. At the far end of this small lot is an unused round concrete "basin." The bird was feeding in the tangles to the left of this and easily viewed by using your car as a blind.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied at Glenhurst Meadows Feb 16. A Red-headed Woodpecker continues at the Riverwatch restoration area off Omar Ave in the Avenel section of Woodbridge.
Round Valley Reservoir Feb 13 hosted a CACKLING GOOSE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, GREAT CORMORANT, and two ICELAND GULLS (first-cycle & third-cycle birds).
Birds reported from the Alpha grasslands along Oberly Rd Feb 12-14 included a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, MERLIN, and SHORT-EARED OWL. Also there were 2 COMMON RAVENS, hundreds of HORNED LARKS, and SNOW BUNTING.
Salem County reports included a CACKLING GOOSE along Whig Lane and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along Pointers-Auburn Road Feb 14.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for Feb 28 in search of alcids including Razorbill, Dovekie, and Murres, as well as kittiwakes and other good gulls. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagics.com
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