Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/20/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, February 20, now originating from NJAS's Sandy Hook Bird Observatory. This week's reports includes review list species BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and VARIED THRUSH, plus AMERICAN BITTERN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, SANDHILL CRANE, CRANE (sp.), ICELAND, GLAUCOUS, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, SNOWY OWLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, VARIED THRUSH, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT, RED CROSSBILLS, PINE SISKIN, and a pelagic trip announcement.

The Sandy Hook Horseshoe Cove drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was present February 17, while a hen was noted there February 20. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was at the water-treatment shed near the maintenance garage February 20.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was still present February 13 at Merrill Creek Reservoir, but no reports were received this week for the recently reported New Jersey BARNACLE GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, PINK FOOTED GOOSE or TUFTED DUCK.

The Garret Mountain VARIED THRUSH reappeared on February 15 in the woods east of the basketball court. The bird has been perching high in trees and is probably wide ranging in its daily routine. Five COMMON REDPOLLS were present near the basketball court on February 18.

Forsythe NWR a.k.a. Brigantine continues to host SNOWY OWLS with two observed February 16 and one February 17.

The Florence WINTER GULL show continues with reports of GLAUCOUS, ICELAND, and many LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS present. A hybrid Glaucous/Herring "NELSON'S GULL" was identified there on February 19. Another GLAUCOUS GULL was discovered at the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette on February 13.

Three CRANES at Bostwick Lake February 19 included one pure SANDHILL and two probable hybrids.

Island Beach State Park hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN, A COMMON EIDER, and a HARLEQUIN DUCK on February 14, and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER on February 13.

As many as three RED CROSSBILLS continue at Harrisville Pond in Wharton State Forest as of February 16.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were still present February 16 near the gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road at the Great Swamp NWR and another was observed at Lake Manahawkin on February 13.

A single PINE SISKIN visited Kittatinny State Park February 13.

There is a Sunday, March 3 pelagic trip out of Cape May leaving on the Miss Chris at 5:00 A.M. The cost is $70.00. The weather date for the pelagic is March 10. For more information before February 27 contact Paul Guris at 215-234-6805 or paulagics@netscape.net and after February 27 Mary Gustafson at 301-497-1629, cell 302-559-5640 or live4birds@aol.com. The Miss Chris Captain Fred Ascoli can be reached at 609-884-3939.

The Sandy Hook Bird Observatory is not yet open to the public and we will make a formal announcement when we plan our opening hopefully by mid March. If you have any questions regarding our new center please call 732-872-2500.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. *Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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