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
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.
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,
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