This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
February 19, 2004 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD,
BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic
Up to five BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found at Sandy Hook Feb 14-17. The
birds have been north of the Boy Scout Camp parking area opposite
Horseshoe Cove, sometimes seen right from the parking lot but also
viewed near the maintenance building and near where the main road forks
at "raccoon alley". A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Spermaceti Cove Feb
13. Check the bird sightings logbook at SHBO for daily reports.
Another BOHEMIAN WAXWING continues at Island Beach State Park Feb 15-16
along the Reeds Road Trail where the split rail fencing starts. A
juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found there this week as well.
Up to 8 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (2 males, 6 females) continue in Salem
County. The birds are generally found in the area of the farm on the
corner of Rts. 650 & 658 near Hancock's Bridge and associating with
other blackbirds (DeLorme P. 61, L-15). Single male BREWER'S
BLACKBIRDS were also reported from Money Island Road and at the
intersection of Sharptown-Auburn Road and Featherbed Lane over the
weekend. Two ROSS'S GEESE were seen Feb 14 among a large flock of SNOW
GEESE at the Rt 540 causeway over Mannington Marsh. An immature
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was located half a mile east of Pedricktown along
Woodstown-Pedricktown Road Feb 14.
The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again at Conaskonk Point Feb 17
with the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan
Bay" Map is available at SHBO or on our website.
The drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues in Shark River Estuary through Feb
16, most recently viewed from the end of Marconi Road. Two REDHEADS
were there Feb 13. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was on Lake Como Feb 14
along with an ICELAND GULL.
Up to 3 RAZORBILLS have been regular at Manasquan Inlet through Feb 16,
often seen on the outgoing tide. A COMMON MURRE was also reported from
the inlet Feb 13. Single GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL have been seen
this week on the beach just south of the inlet and on the sandbar
viewed from Channel Drive. The "Nelson's" Gull [apparent hybrid,
Glaucous x Herring] continues to be seen from the parking lot on the
south side of the inlet and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were there Feb 15.
Other North Shore reports included RED-NECKED GREBE off the Allenhurst
jetties and a GLAUCOUS GULL on Wreck Pond Feb 17.
Barnegat Light State Park Feb 15 hosted 22 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and 5
2-4 REDHEADS were this week's highlight among waterfowl at Plainsboro
Preserve's McKormack Lake Feb 1
The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Feb 16 at the
90-degree turn along Pleasant Plains Road.
30-50 COMMON REDPOLLS were present Feb 15-17 at the Wildcat Ridge
Hawkwatch platform in Rockaway.
The Sussex County Landfill had 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and one
immature ICELAND GULL Feb 12. The landfill is located along Rt. 94
just north of the intersection with Rt 15 in Lafayette. Park in the
small parking lot at the bottom of the hill before the stop sign by a
large back metal box and WALK up the dirt road along the chain link
fence. Birders must STAY OUTSIDE the fence. Failure to abide by these
rules will result in birders losing all access to the site.
See Life Paulagic's March 7 Cape May pelagic is now full, but space
still remains on the April 17 Belmar trip. The goal of this trip is to
see if this is a good time of year to try for Great Skua by chasing
large mackerel and herring schools. For more info contact See Life
Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of
review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling