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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/20/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 20, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, TUFTED DUCK, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, MERLIN, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, RED PHALAROPE, ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, HORNED LARK, VARIED THRUSH, WESTERN TANAGER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, information on upcoming pelagic trips and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The drake TUFTED DUCK made a brief appearance on Lake Takanassee in Long Branch Feb. 20, while Red-necked Grebes were observed at Pullman Avenue in Elberon Feb. 16 and 20, Sandy Hook, Feb. 19, two at Cinnaminson Feb. 15 and another the same day at Palmyra Cove along with a equally rare on the Delaware River, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER. The EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Marconi Road at Shark River Estuary and a REDHEAD was observed begin harassed by a BALD EAGLE at Lake Assunpink Feb. 14.

A WESTERN TANAGER was discovered at a private feeder in Shark River Hills Feb. 14 and was last seen Feb. 19, while a VARIED THRUSH was photographed at a feeder in Tuckerton, Feb. 17 and not seen since.

LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues at Wildwood and RED PHALAROPES were present in Cape May. Call the CMBO Birding Hotline for more details.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and four SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted at Cedar Run Dock Road (DeLorme P.59, D-17) Feb. 16, while another SHORT-EARED OWL was present at Oberly Road in Alpha, Feb. 18 along with 15 HORNED LARKS. Synders Road (DeLorme P.34,B-4) in Alpha produced 200+ HORNED LARKS and six LAPLAND LONGSPURS, with Sandy Hook home to another four HORNED LARKS, Feb. 17.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered in a yard among a large flock of blackbirds in Woodstown, Feb. 17

A MERLIN was present on Sandy Hook, Feb. 17 and 20 and an immature GOLDEN EAGLE was discovered among a group of three BALD EAGLES just below the Dingman's Bridge, Feb. 14. An AMERICAN BITTERN is wintering at Edmunds Avenue at Conaskonk Point. For a free detailed map of Raritan Bay birding sites visit the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.

Barnegat Light hosted two hen COMMON EIDER Feb. 14, and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Feb. 16 along with the winter resident group of HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a few "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROWS. Four RAZORBILLS were observed at Manasquan Inlet, Feb. 14, and an ICELAND GULL was noted there Feb. 15.

The March 2 Cape May pelagic has only two spaces left. Reservations are being accepted for the April 26 Belmar trip. For more information contact Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of NJ 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. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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