This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday February 22, 2007 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, LE CONTE'S
SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and a pelagic trip
A BARNACLE GOOSE has been present this week in West Cape May -- call
the CMBO Birding Hotline for details.
A LE CONTE'S SPARROW was discovered at Abbott's Meadow WMA in Salem
County Feb 17 & 21. The location in the DeLorme NJ Atlas is p. 60,
M-14. While in cell L-14 take the road to the south that goes along
the west side of the easternmost green block designating Abbott's
Meadow WMA property. This is the road that heads south from
immediately west of the ?CR 637? labeling in the DeLorme Atlas.
Though not labeled, this is Abbott's Farm Rd. Immediately before the
road bends sharply to the west (and approaches a private residence)
there is a parking lot on the left (east) side of the road. Park
here and walk east out into a field fringed with phragmites; loop
around the north end of the phrags to get to the next field to the
east. The Le Conte's was in the northeast corner of this field.
A male EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at Brigantine NWR Feb 18.
North Shore sightings this week were of a flock of 15 REDHEADS at
Lake Takanassee and off nearby Pullman Ave; 3 Redheads at Marconi Rd,
Shark River Estuary; the male HARLEQUIN DUCK off Clem Conover Blvd in
Deal; single RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan Inlet, Shark River Inlet,
and the Allenhurst jetties; single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at
Twilight Lake in Bay Head and Wreck Pond; and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR in
the dunes adjacent to Shark River Inlet.
At Sandy Hook a flock of HORNED LARKS, SNOW BUNTINGS and 2 LAPLAND
LONGSPURS have been present between lots B & C this week. A RED-
NECKED GREBE was off C-lot Feb 21 and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK Feb 18
may have been an early migrant. A free, detailed birding map of
Sandy Hook is available at SHBO -- check the sightings log there for
Assunpink Lake hosted a CACKLING GOOSE and RED-NECKED GREBE Feb 21.
Round Valley Reservoir hosted a variety of waterbirds this week
including up to 20 REDHEADS, 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, LONG-TAILED
DUCK, 7 RED-NECKED GREBES, a third-year ICELAND GULL, and 17 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Also in Hunterdon County were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS, SHORT-EARED OWL, and AMERICAN PIPITS at Whitehouse Station Feb
In Warren County a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK has been present at
Oberly Road (Alpha Grasslands) and 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were detected
Feb 21. Five REDHEADS were found Feb 18 on Merrill Creek Reservoir.
In Sussex County the Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Feb 17
near the intersection of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-10). A RED-
NECKED GREBE and REDHEAD were noted at Swartswood Lake the same day.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed at Van Campens Inn along Old Mine Rd Feb 17.
Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue in Bergen County this week. An
adult present since early November remains at the Ridgewood duck pond
on the north side of East Ridgewood Ave between Paramus Rd and
Pershing Ave. Park in the lot between Areas B & C; the bird is
active in the area between the restrooms and the pavilion. A second
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Saddle River County Park,
Dunkerhook section at mile marker 1.8 of the Saddle River Trail.
Another pair of RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Rahway River Park
and are most often seen in the large trees near the restrooms.
A Pelagic trip is scheduled for March 18 from Cape May in search of
alcids including Dovekie, Atlantic Puffin, and both murres, as well
as other seabirds. For more information contact See Life Paulagics
at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds
please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos,
field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey
Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks
for calling and reporting.