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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/26/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 26, 2004 with reports of EARED GREBE, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, RAZORBILLS, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

An EARED GREBE was found in Strathmere this weekcall the CMBO Hotline for details.

A BOHEMIAN WAXWING continued at Sandy Hook through at least Feb 23. The bird is with loose flocks of Robins and Cedar Waxwings. Reports this week came from Gunnison Road, Atlantic Drive, and Raccoon Alley. Also at the hook this week was a female BARROWS GOLDENEYE in Horseshoe Cove. To look for the bird drive past the Sandy Hook Ranger Station, park in the small lot on the left (there is a missile in the lot), walk north along the southbound lane and take the service road on the left to the bay. Scan here among the large flock of COMMON GOLDENEYES and LONG-TAILED DUCKS.

Another BOHEMIAN WAXWING was found in Pine Beach Feb 21no further reports.

On the North Shore up to 3 RAZORBILLS continue at Manasquan Inlet through Feb 24. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on the beach there Feb 21. Shark River Estuary had 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, ICELAND GULL, and RED-NECKED GREBE just east of the railroad bridge Feb 22. A REDHEAD was seen from Marconi Rd Feb 24. A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was on Lake Como Feb 20. An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues with the SURF SCOTER and BLACK SCOTER flock off Pullman Ave in Elberon Feb 22. The Nelsons Gull continued this weekend at Manasquan Inlet, most often viewed in the parking lot on the south side.

Island Beach State Park had an AMERICAN BITTERN and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Feb 21.

Barnegat Light had an exceptional flock of 50 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, RED-NECKED GREBE, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS Feb 21.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at Cranbury Brook Feb 21.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found on the south branch of the Raritan River Feb 22; seen at the first pullout along River Rd north of Rockafellows Mills Road. It or another RED-NECKED GREBE was viewed on the Raritan near the Case Blvd/Pennsylvania Ave intersection with River Road. Four REDHEADS were among waterfowl concentrated at Halstead Road in Clinton Feb 21.

Merrill Creek Reservoir had thousands of SNOW GEESE, 3 drake REDHEADS, and MERLIN Feb 21.

Old Mine Road (Worthington State Forest) Feb 21 had 7 BALD EAGLES, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and COMMON RAVEN.

Wallkill River NWRs Liberty Loop Trail had up to 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS this week.

Announcements: See Life Paulagics March 7 Cape May pelagic is now full, but space still remains on the April 17 Belmar trip. The goal of this trip is to see if this is a good time of year to try for Great Skua by chasing large mackerel and herring schools. For more info contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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