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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/19/2004
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 trip announcements.

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 RAZORBILLS.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 and reporting.

 
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