This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 19, 2015 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, "Black" BRANT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Three TRUMPETER SWANS continued on a mostly frozen Lake Assunpink along with a Tundra Swan through Feb 14.
A "Black" BRANT was found at north beach, Sandy Hook Feb 16.
The hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again Feb 15 along River Rd in the Phillipsburg, Warren County area.
Holdover THICK-BILLED MURRES from last week's incursion remained at Manasquan Inlet through Feb 13 and at Sandy Hook Feb 14.
A BOHEMIAN WAXWING was discovered at Sandy Hook Feb 15 at Lot E. On Feb 16 a BOHEMIAN WAXWING was observed along the southern half of Atlantic Drive just north of the 90-degree angle turn, feeding with CEDAR WAXWINGS and AMERICAN ROBINS in the red cedar trees; a "Bowax" was also seen at lot E that day: two birds may be present. Other birds noted at Sandy Hook this week included 50,000+ sea ducks (all three Scoter species, LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and GREATER SCAUP), a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, adult & first-cycle ICELAND GULLS, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 60 SNOW BUNTINGS.
The male PAINTED BUNTING continues to visit a feeder in Andover Borough, Sussex County through Feb 13. The homeowners have asked that anyone who wants to see the bird do so from the Sussex Branch Trail, which runs right along the back edge of their yard. From "downtown" Andover on Route 206 turn on Smith Street at the light in the center of town. There is parking at Borough Hall on the left. Cross Smith St and walk 3/10 of a mile north on the Sussex Branch Trail. You will come to a green house on the right side of the trail with 2 large white pines in the yard. The house is directly across Route 206 from Jensen's Service Center. The bird comes to a feeder hanging on the side porch and rarely feeds on the ground. It comes and goes with a flock of DARK-EYED JUNCOS and WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS and is very skittish.
Ocean Terminal in Bayonne hosted ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, and SNOWY OWL this week. At nearby Liberty State Park the wintering juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK continues in the Caven Point area and a GLAUCOUS GULL was there Feb 18.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Hatfield Swamp/Great Piece Meadows Feb 14.
Union County reports this week were of a LONG-TAILED DUCK and RED-NECKED GREBE at Arthur Kill Park and a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Linden Hawk Rise Sanctuary.
A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen along Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR Feb 16.
Duke Farms IBA had 3+ ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS this week. Also in Somerset County were up to 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands Feb 16.
Another ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found along Burnt Hill Rd in Skillman and just across the county line in Hunterdon, a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed at Island Rd.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was found at Raritan Bay Waterfront Park in South Amboy Feb 14. Also in Middlesex County was an ICELAND GULL at the Edison Boat Launch Feb 15, a single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Cheesequake Marsh and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS off Major Drive in Sayreville Feb 16-17.
North Shore sightings this week included an adult male KING EIDER and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan Inlet, the continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Shark River Estuary along with 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL and 25 COMMON REDPOLLS at Spring Lake Beach Feb 13, and an adult ICELAND GULL at Monmouth Beach.
The ROSS'S GOOSE continues this week at Marshall's Pond in Toms River. Also in Ocean County were single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Manahawkin WMA (Stafford Ave) and Great Bay Blvd in Tuckerton. A SNOWY OWL was found at Great Bay Blvd Feb 18.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen from the Bordentown Scenic Overlook in Mercer County Feb 16.
Burlington County reports included a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at the intersection of Rte 70 and Hartford Rd in Medford Feb 15 and at Florence 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 ICELAND GULLS, and 9 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted.
Atlantic County reports were of a GOLDEN EAGLE at Forsythe NWR and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Absecon Inlet.
A ROSS'S GOOSE was seen at Featherbed Lane in Sharptown, Salem County Feb 18.
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