Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/26/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 26, 2009 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, PACIFIC LOON, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

A BARNACLE GOOSE was discovered at Warinanco Park in Linden, Union Co. Feb 19-26. The bird has been seen in the company of CANADA GEESE flocks on the park's lawns. The bird was found in the park's pond on Feb 26. Also there this week were 6 CACKLING GEESE.

The somewhat elusive PACIFIC LOON was seen off Cedar Ave at the north end of the Allenhurst boardwalk Feb 23. The WESTERN GREBE was observed again after an extended hiatus off Pullman Ave in Elberon Feb 26. Other North Shore sightings this week included the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar (sometimes found early/late in the day feeding in Shark River Inlet), a drake EURASIAN TEAL ("Common" Teal) on the 4th pond at the Lake Takanassee complex Feb 22, RED-NECKED GREBE in the marina at Belmar through Feb 25, a SNOWY OWL at Shark River Inlet Feb 24, a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL on Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant Feb 22, an ICELAND GULL near Channel Drive in Point Pleasant Feb 21, 2 first-year ICELAND GULLS off the Allenhurst boardwalk Feb 21, a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL and 3+ LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS at Wreck Pond Feb 22, and a Razorbill off Phillips Ave in Deal Feb 21. More information about birding the north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

Two female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were found at Sandy Hook Feb 21-25. Look for the birds at the south end of Horseshoe Cove. The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was viewed on Feb 21-23 at Sandy Hook in the scout camp area around sites 2/3. The bird found was seen Feb 26 at the south end (back) of Gunnison Lot. The ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was detected again at Plum Island (west side) Feb 21. Another ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was seen at the salt pond Feb 26. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was seen at Horseshoe Cove Feb 21. Two RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS (one over-wintering juvenile & an adult) have been frequenting the k-lot/north beach area this week. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE continues this week in Collingswood, NJ through Feb 20. Birders are welcome to visit, but please use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147 Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left- hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the left edge of the yard or under the feeders.

Sussex County reports this week included a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the Bluet Tract of Delaware Water Gap NRA. The bird was seen along Rte 615 just south of Peter's Valley. Wallkill River NWR had 2 Tundra Swans and a SHORT-EARED OWL Feb 21.

Oberly Rd at Alpha produced 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 100 HORNED LARKS, and a SHORT-EARED OWL Feb 22.

The COMMON TEAL was seen again in the impoundments near the DeKorte Center in the NJ Meadowlands Feb 24. Also there this week was ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK.

Spruce Run Reservoir had 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL, and a first-winter ICELAND GULL Feb 23. On Feb 25 the reservoir had 68 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 4 ICELAND GULLS. Best times for large numbers of larids is early/late in the day; look for them from the boat launch area.

Ten WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in the Norway spruce stand at Willowwood Arboretum south of Chester Feb 21.

A first-year ICELAND GULL was noted at Newark's Weequahic Park Feb 24.

A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was found at South Amboy Feb 21; more information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/SoAmboy.html

Sayen Gardens in Hamilton Twp continued to attract up to 4 WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS through Feb 21.

Barnegat Light State Park had 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and 26 HARLEQUIN DUCKS Feb 21.

Brigantine NWR continued to attract 3+ WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS near the visitor's center in pines through Feb 23. Also there Feb 22 were TUNDRA SWANS and 2 REDHEADS.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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