This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday February 21, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, EURASIAN
GREEN-WINGED TEAL, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BREWER'S
BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in Bill Boyle's "A
Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ Audubon center
Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found in Pennsville, Salem County Feb
16. The birds were in the same location where a flock has been noted
the past two winters at the intersection of West Supawna Rd and Freas
Rd around the cow pasture (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). Also in Salem County
Feb 17 were 2 ROSS'S GEESE among the SNOW GOOSE flock at Featherbed
Lane, 14 TUNDRA SWANS at Mannington Marsh; 20 TUNDRA SWANS and a SHORT-
EARED OWL at Raccoon Creek Feb 16.
The BARNACLE GOOSE continues in the Califon area through at least Feb
19. The bird has been seen in the company of CANADA GEESE on the
"pond" section of the Raritan River in downtown Califon Feb 16-17;
approximately one mile north of Califon in a flooded field along
Trimmer Rd off Rte 513 Feb 18; and in a flooded field along Maple
Lane, 7/10 of a mile below where the Raritan River crosses Rte 513 Feb
Other sightings this week in Hunterdon County were of 2 male YELLOW-
HEADED BLACKBIRDS in a huge icterid flock along Frontage Rd in Ringoes
Feb 17-18 and 2-3 SHORT-EARED OWLS there Feb 19; a second-cycle
ICELAND GULL and 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Spruce Run Reservoir
Feb 17; and a belated report was received of a BOHEMIAN WAXWING in a
backyard at Whitehouse Station Feb 12.
The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was viewed again in the Hackensack
Meadowlands Feb 15 & 17. On the latter date the bird was in the far
pond towards the landfill approximately one mile south-southeast of
the DeKorte Nature Center. Also there was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Feb 15.
At Sandy Hook the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through at least Feb
21 at the east end of Randolph Drive north of the Boy Scout Camp. Up
to 3 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS continued this week as well and were viewed
along the bike path in Raccoon Alley, near the Boy Scout Camp, and at
the north end of the Gunnison parking lot through at least Feb 21.
Also at the hook this week were 30+ TREE SWALLOWS over north pond Feb
18 and an AMERICAN BITTERN at the Spermaceti Cove boardwalk Feb 16. A
free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check
the sightings log there for daily bird reports.
Sussex County reports this week included up to 5 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS
and 12 SHORT-EARED OWLS along Oil City Rd at Wallkill River NWR Feb
16-17; 8 REDHEADS on Swartswood Lake, a NORTHERN GOSHAWK on Mettler Rd
north of Dingman's Bridge, NORTHERN SHRIKE south of Layton near the
intersection of Rtes 640 and 615 (DeLorme P. 18, J-9), and another
NORTHERN SHRIKE along Roy Rd in Wantage near Rte 565, all Feb 16.
An adult BLACK-HEADED GULL was found at Liberty State Park from the
public walkway near the base of the Bayonne Golf Club Feb 16. A flock
of 60 COMMON REDPOLLS was noted in the birch trees near the parking
lot across the street from the interpretive center Feb 15-17.
A GLAUCOUS GULL was detected on the lake at Newark's Weequaic Park Feb
Nine COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at Rifle Camp Park near the Bragg
parking lot Feb 20. At nearby Garret Mountain an EASTERN PHOEBE was
found at Barbour's Pond Feb 19.
The adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted Feb 16-17 in Great Swamp NWR
from the heronry overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd.
Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were found in Franklin Twp, Somerset County Feb
18 along Suydam Rd between the dog-leg and the intersection of Canal Rd.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park
Northwest) Feb 17. An exceptional count of 10 GREATER WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE was reported from Mercer County Lake near the golf course Feb 16.
Up to 8 COMMON REDPOLLS continued visiting the feeders this week at
NJAS's Plainsboro Preserve. Also in Middlesex County were 7 REDHEADS
on Dallenbach Lake in East Brunswick Feb 16.
Monmouth County reports this week were of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON
Feb 16-17 on Silver Lake in Belmar, a vocalizing Common Raven over
Huber Woods Park in Middletown Feb 15, and an immature male YELLOW-
HEADED BLACKBIRD in a large icterid flock in the Marc Woods section of
Matawan Feb 14.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Cedar Run Dock Rd Feb 17.
Brigantine NWR reports this week included TUNDRA SWAN, 2 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS, and 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS Feb 14 and an unusual mid-winter Osprey
See Life Paulagics will run a pelagic trip out of Cape May on Sunday
Mar 16 for winter seabirds. Trip runs from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. For
more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.