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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/19/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 19, 2009 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, PACIFIC LOON, EARED GREBE, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE was noted Feb 13-15. Look for the bird early/late in the day at the pond in "downtown" Califon or among CANADA GEESE along Rte 513 near Trimmer Rd or Melick's Farm Stand.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues through Feb 16 at Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove. To look for the bird park in the small median lot opposite the south maintenance area (there is a fenced-in missile here) and walk north to a gated service road on the left that ends at the bay: look for the Goldeneye flock here. A BOHEMIAN WAXWING continues at Sandy Hook through Feb 16. The bird is most frequently seen in the Boy Scout Camp (especially sites 2 & 3), around the Gunnison parking lot, or along Atlantic Drive. The bird is often alone and may not associate with the main AMERICAN ROBIN / CEDAR WAXWING flock. Additional reports from the hook this week included juvenile RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Plum Island, and a COMMON REDPOLL Feb 16. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The PACIFIC LOON continues to appear in the Deal/Elberon area as recently as Feb 17. Best places to look are off Pullman Ave in Elberon and Roosevelt & Phillips Ave in Deal. Other North Shore sightings Feb 14-16 included the EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar, a COMMON TEAL on the 4th lake at Lake Takanassee (near the fireman's memorial), 2 REDHEADS at Lake Como, RED-NECKED GREBE at Shark River Marina, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Sylvan Lake and Wreck Pond, and single ICELAND GULLS at Manasquan Inlet and Deal. More information about birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

The EARED GREBE was still present at Round Valley Reservoir near the main boat launch Feb 14. Also in Hunterdon County was a CACKLING GOOSE at Round Valley, a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir Feb 13, 15 COMMON REDPOLLS in the center of Oldwick at the Lutheran Church parking lot Feb 18, and a small flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in spruces at the entrance to Deer Path Park in Flemington Feb 16.

An ATLANTIC PUFFIN was observed off the end of the jetty at Barnegat Light State Park Feb 14; no reports since. Thirty-eight HARLEQUIN DUCKS were tallied Feb 15 and a RED-NECKED GREBE continued there through Feb 17.

The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was present as recently as Feb 2 in Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147 Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left-hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the left edge of the yard or under the feeders.

Wallkill River NWR Feb 15 & 17 had a SANDHILL CRANE around sunset along the west side of the Liberty Loop impoundments. Also at the refuge Feb 15 were 2 TUNDRA SWANS, 8 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, 3-4 SHORT- EARED OWLS, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE along Kelly Rd.

The Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette hosted 3 immature ICELAND GULLS and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Feb 13. For more information on access when birding this site and directions go to http://www.sussexcountybirdclub.org

Four WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in evergreens by the maintenance yard of Stokes State Forest Feb 17.

Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb 14 had 10,000 SNOW GEESE, 3 REDHEADS, 11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULL, and 3 ICELAND GULLS. At nearby Alpha/Oberly Rd a ROSS'S GOOSE was noted Feb 14. Also in Warren County was a flock of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at Alumni Field in Hackettstown; the birds were feeding in Norway Spruces by the football field Feb 14.

Small numbers of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted at Ringwood Manor Feb 17.

The wintering COMMON TEAL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and SHORT-EARED OWL highlighted birds found at the NJ Meadowlands this week.

Big Brook Park in Marlboro Feb 18 hosted 2 PURPLE FINCHES, 31 WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS, and 4 PINE SISKINS. Also there were 5 FOX SPARROWS and 22 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS. The finches were found in a tall grove of spruce trees on the western edge of the park accessed off Allen Rd via Rte 79.

Sayen Gardens in Hamilton Twp continued to attract up to 6 WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS through Feb 15.

Seven REDHEADS were among a large group of GREATER SCAUP off the end of Cedar Run Dock Rd Feb 15. Stafford Ave in Manahawkin had a ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK and a PALM WARBLER the same day.

Up to 11 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted Feb 16 in the evergreens at the entrance to Brigantine NWR on the right-hand side of the entrance road near the headquarters building.

A probable GLAUCOUS GULL was seen in the Delaware River off the Camden Aquarium Feb 16. Also in Camden County was a flock of 15 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in Haddon Heights Feb 16. The birds were found in large spruce trees at the entrance to the sewage treatment plant next to the Camden County Park on Glover St off Kings Highway.

An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was gleaned out of a large starling/blackbird flock on Sunset Rd near Mannington Marsh Feb 14.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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