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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/24/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 24, 2005 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, CACKLING GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A BARNACLE GOOSE (origin undetermined) was found in Sussex County Feb 19-21. From Ross's Corner take CR 565 north toward Sussex. After traveling most of the way toward Sussex CR 565 makes a right turn at a traffic light (DeLorme 19: J-23). Turn right with CR 565 and go approximately one quarter to half a mile to just before the road crosses Papakating Creek. There is a low area on the right near the creek where the bird was seen among several hundred CANADA GEESE. The Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE continued through Feb 19 on Rte 640, about 100 yards south of the intersection of 640 and 615. An immature GOLDEN EAGLE was near Van Campens Inn (DeLorme pg 18, J-8 or K-8) the same day. Four ICELAND GULLS were noted at the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette Feb 18.

A PACIFIC LOON was reported at Manasquan Inlet Feb 22; please report any additional sightings. Also on the north shore this week was a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at Lake Takanassee, seen in the fourth pond west of Ocean Ave Feb 23. An ICELAND GULL was found at Lake Takanassee Feb 20 and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach in Sea Girt Feb 24.

Sandy Hook had a GLAUCOUS GULL at Horseshoe Cove and the continuing EURASIAN WIGEON at Spermaceti Cove Feb 20.

The resident winter flock of HARLEQUIN DUCKS numbered close to 40 this weekend at Barnegat Light State Park.

In Burlington County up to 7 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest: look for the birds behind the visitor center near the portable toilets.

In Salem County, a ROSS'S GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE were among a large roving flock of Snow Geese near the intersection of Rte 45 and 40 Feb 20. A CACKLING GOOSE was also found near the intersection of Featherbed Lane and Sharptown-Auburn Roads Feb 21, also among a large flock of SNOW GEESE. Also reported in the county this weekend were 63 TUNDRA SWANS, large numbers of dabbling ducks, and ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK.

At least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp this week.

A LINCOLN'S SPARROW (very rare in winter) was found at Clinton WMA Feb 20 near the parking lot off Rte 635 along with FOX SPARROW and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS. Nearby Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on the ice this weekend.

Merrill Creek Reservoir had 40,000 SNOW GEESE and 4 REDHEADS over the weekend.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

See Life Paulagics still has a few spaces on the Cape May trip Mar 6 for alcids, gulls, and other seabirdssee their website http://www.paulagics.com or phone 215-234-6805 for details.

As the status and distribution of CACKLING GOOSE unfolds in the state, observers are encouraged to document and report sightings of this new species to Regional Editors of New Jersey Birds, as well as reporting them to the VONJAS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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