Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/22/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday Feb 22, with reports of Review List BARROW'S GOLDENEYES, THICK-BILLED MURRE, PACIFIC LOON, THAYER'S GULL; reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKES, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SHORTEARED OWLS, REDHEAD, GULLS, local reports and a pelagic trip.

There will be a Pelagic Trip out of Cape May on the Miss Chris Sun Mar 5, from 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. to NJ and DE waters. For info and to register, call Paul at 215-234-6805.

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Sandy Hook was reported Feb 19-20 in Horseshoe Cove.

The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE male and two females were seen again at Merrill Creek Res. Feb 19 and 21 late, around 5 p.m. Also seen there was a GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE late in the day Feb 19 and 21. Also on the reservoir were REDHEADS.

The male BARROW'S was also seen on the Delaware River at Foul Rift at the generating station during the day on Feb 21. Evidently the goldeneyes spend the day on the river and fly into the res in the evening. From 519 take Foul Rift Road to the generating station on the river.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was at Manasquan Inlet Feb 19 from 7:30-8 a.m., then drifted south along the beach; not seen since. A PACIFIC LOON was reported at Manasquan Inlet Feb 20. THAYER'S GULLS at Florence were not reported this week; the Cape May bird on Ocean Drive was seen Feb 19, as well as a first winter ICELAND. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE from Moorestown (RT 537) were not reported this week.

SHORTEARED OWLS this week were reported from Brig; from Troy Meadows near the old trap shoot with a ROUGHLEGGED HAWK; and also from Manahawkin.

NORTHERN SHRIKES were reported this week from the median of 78 in Bernards Twp; from the area of Lamington and Cold Brook roads west of the Lamington church; from Flatbrook; from an open area near the Pxono boat launch on the Old Mine Road; and from Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road at the heronry gazebo, where the looks are brief and at long intervals. Also at the heronry on Pleasant Plains Feb 19-21 were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, both more cooperative than the shrike, and 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were there Feb 20.

The CAPE MAY WARBLER continued at Columbia this week. The HORNED LARKS but not the LONGSPURS were reported this week from Alpha.

From two to six REDHEADS continued this week on DeMotts Pond in Clinton near Spruce Run. In a flock of 1,000 gulls on Round Valley Res Feb 20 were 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED and one adult GLAUCOUS GULL, and a HORNED GREBE. Yards Creek Res had two RAVENS Feb 21.

Liberty State Park in Jersey City had 5 AMERICAN PIPITS on the marsh at the Visitor Center Feb 19; there is a flock of 500+ RUDDY DUCKS there; also several hundred SCAUP, a few CANVASBACKS, and flocks of GOLDENEYE, COOT and scattered HORNED GREBES, along with several NORTHERN HARRIERS.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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