Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/21/2001
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Feb 21 with reports of Review List IVORY GULL, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and ROSS'S GOOSE, and other reports of SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HARLEQUINS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, early migrants and local reports.

A possible first year IVORY GULL was seen briefly in the Hudson River near Edgewater on Feb 15, not reported since. Ivory Gulls have been in the Hudson before, both in NY and NJ.

The previously reported dark morph ROSS'S GOOSE was seen again at the intersection of Featherbed Lane and Auburn Pointers Road, with SNOW GEESE. Elsewhere in Salem, a GREAT HORNED OWL is on the nest on the Salem Nuke Road on a power tower; PIPITS and HORNED LARKS are scattered around the county. At Bostwick Lake, a 3-town recreation area on the Salem-Cumberland line, up to 9 SANDHILL CRANES continue to be seen. The site is on the Deerfield-Friesburg Road west of Rte 77. Depending on your birding route, reach it from Bridgeton by following the Cohansey River north, or from Rte 77 or from Salem County via County Rte. 540.

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues at Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook near the old docks at the south end. Access is from the median lot beyond the ranger station. Walk north on the road and left down the road to the bay. A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported in Long Branch Feb 21.

Two SNOWY OWLS were at Liberty State Park, Jersey City Feb 17, one in the hazardous material fenced-off area next to the Interpretive Center. Best view is from the waterfront on Liberty Walk. The other was on the barge at Caven Pier. A SNOWY OWL was also at Island Beach State Park this week. The SANDHILL CRANE continues at Veteran's Park in Hamilton.

Several ROUGH-LEGS were at Wallkill Refuge Feb 18 off Oil City Road, and the same day a N. SHRIKE was off Lake Wallkill Road on the dirt road going down toward the railroad bed and the agricultural plant. ROUGH-LEGS were also reported from Great Swamp (2); Solberg Airport (3); Scott's Landing near Brig; and Manahawkin WMA. The last report of the N. SHRIKE at Montana Road near Merrill Creek was Feb 10. Merrill Creek has more open water this week and lots of ducks.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is sporadic at the heronry on Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp. Two GREAT EGRETS continue wintering at Newark Airport near the car rental agency. A MERLIN was seen Feb 19 at Princeton University campus. A LESSER SCAUP was on DeMotts Pond in Clinton. Some 16 HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Inlet; also there, OYSTERCATCHER and the other usual winter shorebirds. A GOSHAWK was on the NJ College of Medicine campus in downtown Newark. Several hundred CANVASBACKS and PINTAILS were at Brig. Moving this week were MEADOWLARK, KILLDEER, WOODCOCK, BLUEBIRDS and ROBINS.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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