Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/2/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 2, 2012 with reports of WESTERN TANAGER, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest.

The WESTERN TANAGER continues this week at Allaire State Park, most recently seen Jan 28. From the parking lot at Allaire Village, take the bike path east, crossing a bridge and small stream near a burned-over area, and look for the bird there or near a muddy side trail off the bike path on the left. A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was also seen in this area Jan 28.

The Merrill Creek Reservoir SNOWY OWL continues through Jan 31, seen in the rocks below the main dam. Also in Warren County was a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along Good Springs Rd off Asbury Rd in Franklin Twp Jan 26.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE made a brief appearance at Kittatinny Valley State Park Jan 27. The bird was seen in the hedgerow between the fields past the Twin Lakes parking lot on Gooddale Rd.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues in Boonton Twp at Johansen Park/Memorial Fields through Jan 28, seen in the tree line adjacent to the ball field.

Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted along the Passaic River between the fisherman's parking lot and the observation tower at Lord Stirling Park Jan 29.

Somerset County sightings this week included a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at Colonial Park in Franklin Twp through Jan 30, seen along the nature loop trail. At nearby Randolph Rd in Franklin Twp the flock of 5 SANDHILL CRANES was noted Jan 29. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Duke Island Park Jan 28. Ten CACKLING GEESE were detected at North Branch Park in Bridgewater Feb 1.

North Shore sightings this week included an excellent count of 150 RAZORBILLS between the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center and Sandy Hook Feb 1. An adult BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKE was seen of the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center Feb 1. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was noted at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach Jan 28 and at least one RAZORBILL continues in Manasquan Inlet through Jan 31. An immature ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were both photographed at Shark River Inlet Jan 30. Another ICELAND GULL followed a party boat into Manasquan Inlet Feb 1.

A birder on a fishing boat tallied an 17 NORTHERN FULMARS, BLACK-LEGGED KITTIWAKES, ATLANTIC PUFFIN, and 1,000+ DOVEKIES east of Manasquan Inlet about 30 miles offshore Feb 1.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found among Canada Geese along Rte 537 in Colts Neck Jan 28, seen near the intersection with Laird Rd. Possibly the same white-fronted goose was at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Feb 2.

Eight REDHEADS were noted in the scaup flock at the Little Silver Boat Launch Jan 28.

A EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was detected at Trenton Marsh Jan 28. The bird was in a marsh along the yellow trail on the right after a small bridge.

A COMMON REDPOLL was detected in a small flock of AMERICAN GOLDFINCHES at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Jan 28-29.

Nine SANDHILL CRANES were tallied at Mannington Marsh in Salem County Jan 29. The birds were in two flocks: one at the Rte 45 causeway and the other along Sunset Rd.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Dock Rd in West Creek Jan 30.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted a drake EURASIAN WIGEON in the east pool Jan 30 and a GOLDEN EAGLE was over the north dike Jan 29. A ROSS'S GOOSE and 350 CANVASBACKS were noted at Brig Jan 25.

The Corbin City unit of McNamara WMA had a EURASIAN WIGEON and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL in the first impoundment Jan 29.

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