Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/21/2008
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 bookstores.

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 19.

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 20.

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 Feb 15-17.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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