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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/23/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 23, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, COMMON TEAL, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Seven BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (4 male and 3 female) continue in Salem County, most recently reported Feb 18. The birds are often in a mixed blackbird flock near the farmhouse at the corner of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). A few LAPLAND LONGSPURS were still present Feb 20 in the HORNED LARK flock at DeLea Sod Farm just east of the intersection of Rte 40 & Pointers-Auburn Rd.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Sandy Hook was still present this week. To look for the bird park at the small median lot north of the Ranger Station (there is a fenced-in missile here), walk north and take the service road on the left to the bay. If the bird is not here, check the bay off Guardian Park and SHBO. Also found at the hook this week were 50+ HORNED GREBES, several AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, the wintering GREAT EGRET, and 2 MERLINS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A COMMON TEAL or "Eurasian Green-winged Teal" was observed at Brigantine NWR along with a EURASIAN WIGEON Feb 18.

The Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Feb 22. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11). Also in Sussex County was a CACKLING GOOSE along Fairview Hill Rd in Fredon Feb 18 (DeLorme P. 23, F&G 23). Swartswood Lake hosted 500+ COMMON MERGANSERS and 5-8 REDHEADS this week.

At Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus 4 GREAT CORMORANTS, 21 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 2 COMMON RAVENS (the latter over Snake Hill) were detected Feb 20.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Garret Mountain, found near the horse stables on the upper roadway.

At Round Valley Reservoir a EURASIAN WIGEON was observed Feb 16 at the swimming area. Also there were 6 REDHEADS, MERLIN, and 7 SNOW BUNTINGS.

One to two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were with the HORNED LARK flock at Oberly Rd near Alpha Feb 18 & 22.

A SNOWY OWL was reported at dusk along Pleasant Plains Rd in the Great Swamp NWR Feb 16 - no reports since.

Small numbers of RAZORBILLS continue along the north shore, with 2 birds at Manasquan, 2 at Shark River Inlet, and another off Belmar, all Feb 18-19.

The two hybrid Cranes, possibly Sandhill X Common Crane, remain near New Egypt at the intersection of Big Woods and Inman Roads Feb 20 (DeLorme P. 49, H-15).

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was noted at the North Brigantine Natural Area in Atlantic County Feb 21.

Palmyra sightings Feb 18 included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, 5 WINTER WRENS, and FOX SPARROW.

At Florence 12 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL were noted Feb 20. Further up the Delaware River, another Iceland Gull was found at Bordentown Beach.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic trip is scheduled from Cape May March 5 in search of fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Grasslands Monitoring Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in grassland bird identification and be able to visit their assigned sites/routes approximately four times from May 1 through August 15. These surveys are intended to determine the distribution and abundance of grassland birds, and monitor the success of grassland habitat management programs. Those interested in participating in the project should contact Mike Bisignano, 11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, tel. (908) 766-5787 / fax (908) 766-7775, mike.bisignano@njaudubon.org.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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