This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Feb 24 with reports of Review
List species: TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, ROSS'S GOOSE, THAYER'S Gull;
and other species including NORTHERN SHRIKE, YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD, various WINTER GULLS, REDHEADS, early spring arrivals,
a re-scheduled pelagic from Cape May and extralimital gulls.
The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues at Heislerville WMA in
Cumberland County on East Point Rd about 1.2 miles from Main St.
Several ROSS'S GEESE were reported in Salem County, two behind the
County Hospital on Rte. 45 Feb 22, and another along Rte. 77 about
two miles south of Pole Tavern. Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were
reported around Salem County: one in Salem on Money Island Rd on
Feb 22, and another in Sharptown Feb 20, along Swedesboro Rd south
of Featherbed Lane. A BLACK-HEADED GULL was at the Salem Nuke Plant
This was the week of the gull: An adult THAYER'S GULL was the
highlight of a field trip to Florence Feb 20, which also tallied
15-20 LESSER BLACKBACKS, 15 ICELANDS and 6 GLAUCOUS. Elsewhere,
2 ICELAND GULLS were at North Beach Pavilion, Sandy Hook Feb 20,
along with a GLAUCOUS and a LESSER BLACKBACK at Spermaceti. A
GLAUCOUS was on Lake Takanassee Feb 21, an ICELAND was on Old
Sams Pond, Point Pleasant Feb 19, a LESSER BLACKBACK was at
Manasquan Inlet Feb 21, and two others were on Herbert Rd,
Assunpink Feb 19.
Assunpink Feb 19 also had two drake REDHEADS, RINGNECKS, HOODED MERGANSERS and
COMMON MERGANSERS, HORNED GREBES, PIED-BILLED GREBES, WIGEON, RUDDIES
and SCAUP. Colliers Mills had 5 TUNDRA SWANS Feb 19. Trenton Marsh
Feb 21 had good numbers of PINTAILS and RINGNECKS, WOOD DUCK and
WINTER WREN. Great Swamp had N. SHRIKE on Pleasant Plains Rd Feb
20-22, along with RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, returning WOOD DUCKS and
HOODED MERGANSERS. Scherman Hoffman had WINTER WREN this week. Old
Mine Brook Rd in Bernards had a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK Feb 21. A
MEADOWLARK was singing at Lamington Church on Rte. 523 Feb 21.
Lake Parsippany has lots of waterfowl, including COM. MERGANSERS
and BUFFLEHEAD; Round Valley Res. on Feb 20 had GREATER SCAUP, LESSER SCAUP,
RUDDIES, RINGNECKS, 3 REDHEADS and HORNED GREBE. A "probable"
PACIFIC LOON was reported from Manasquan Feb 20. Eleven HARLEQUINS
were at Barnegat Feb 20.
The cancelled Feb 21 pelagic trip out of Cape May is re-scheduled
for Sunday March 7 and will go if the captain gets at least 20
people. Same deal: $55, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. For info and reservations,
Extralimital gulls: The KELP GULL in Maryland continued as of Feb
20 at least; for update call the Maryland tape at 301-652-1088.
Likewise, the SLATY-BACKED GULL at Conowingo Dam was also seen Feb
20. Best time is early or late in the day.
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