This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 25, 2010 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The elusive WESTERN GREBE was seen off Phillips Ave in Deal Feb 20. A RAZORBILL was off Pullman Ave and 6 COMMON EIDERS were noted off Marine Place in Deal Feb 22. First-cycle ICELAND GULLS were noted at Wreck Pond and off Phillips Ave in Deal Feb 21.
The female SPOTTED TOWHEE remains at "the big pit" area of Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Feb 21.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at the NJ Meadowlands along Disposal Rd at DeKorte Environmental Center through Feb 21. Also at DeKorte this week were 200 CANVASBACKS, FOX SPARROW, AND WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW. At nearby Mill Creek Point a light morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed Feb 20. Kearney Marsh hosted 2 COMMON MOORHENS Feb 19 -- rare winter residents in the state.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was gleaned from the HORNED LARK flock at Oberly Rd in Alpha Feb 19 & 21.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included the WESTERN GREBE off C-lot Feb 21 and the reliable first-cycle ICELAND GULL off SHBO. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Raptors seen from Wallkill River NWR's Oil City Rd area Feb 21-22 included 3 light-morph and 2 dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, a subadult GOLDEN EAGLE, 2 BALD EAGLES, 4 NORTHERN HARRIERS, AMERICAN KESTREL, and 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS.
At Glenhurst Meadows one adult and five immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied Feb 21.
A GOLDEN EAGLE was seen over Old Mine Road in the Delaware Water Gap between Millbrook Village and Flatbrookville Feb 21.
A second-cycle ICELAND GULL was seen along the D &R Canal at the Carnegie Lake Dam Feb 21.
An ICELAND GULL was observed at South Amboy Feb 20.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.