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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 2, 2011 with reports of HARLEQUIN DUCK, GLAUCOUS GULL, COMMON REDPOLL, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
Up to 10 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and 2-3 RED CROSSBILLS continue this week through Jan 31 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch. The birds are often found in the pines on the north side of the main entrance opposite the Lighthouse Ice Cream stand. They have also been seen in the large stand of pines by the maintenance yard. Please DO NOT enter the maintenance yard-- you can view them better from the road outside of the yard.
More info about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
Other North Shore reports Jan 30 were of the continuing Eurasian GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the third pond west in the Lake Takanassee chain, an immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK off Pullman Ave in Elberon, a hen REDHEAD at Shark River Estuary, a RED-NECKED GREBE off Bradley Beach, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Lake Takanassee, Wreck Pond, and Lake Como, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL at Wreck Pond. A subadult GLAUCOUS GULL was viewed at Shark River Inlet Jan 29.
At Sandy Hook an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at C-lot Jan 28. Also there this week was a flock of some 10,000+ GREATER SCAUP, 30 HORNED LARKS, and 20 SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
In Brick Twp a flock of 120 REDHEADS was tallied Jan 29.
In Elk Twp 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were observed in a field on the east side of Railroad Ave Jan 31.
Brigantine NWR had 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS Jan 30 & a GOLDEN EAGLE Jan 31.
The male HARLEQUIN DUCK has resurfaced on the Delaware River in Harmony Twp. The bird is in a flock of Buffleheads off River Rd near its intersection with Hutchinson Rd. Morning offers the best light conditions. Also in Warren County at Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Rd) were ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR this week.
NJ Meadowlands sightings Jan 29 included 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, AMERICAN PIPIT, and SNOW BUNTINGS.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues through Jan 30 at the Ridgefield Duck Pond Park.
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