This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 27,
2003 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBES, EURASIAN WIGEON,
CANVASBACK, TUFTED DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
GOLDEN EAGLE, MERLIN, RED PHALAROPE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL,
ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, BARRED OWL,
NORTHERN SHRIKE, WESTERN TANAGER, "OREGON" DARK-EYED JUNCO, LAPLAND
LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A PACIFIC LOON was photographed at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 24 and was
still present Feb. 25. The drake TUFTED DUCK appears sporadically at
Lake Takanassee in Long Branch on the main lake east of the railroad
tracks and is usually found at the west end of the lake. The EURASIAN
WIGEON continues at Marconi Road at Shark River Estuary and was last
reported Feb. 25.
Is a RED-NECKED GREBE invasion upon us? Perhaps, since they are now
being widely reported. Shark River Inlet is currently their most
preferred location with three to six present since Feb. 24. Others have
been reported at North Beach and Lot C on Sandy Hook, Manasquan Inlet,
Florence and Deal Beach.
The drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was relocated off Conaskonk Point Feb. 24
and the hen BARROW'S at Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook Feb. 25. The
Hackensack Meadowlands near the DeKorte Environmental Center in
Lyndhurst hosted 500+ CANVASBACKS, Feb. 24, while the WHITE-WINGED
SCOTER continues on the Delaware River at National Park Feb. 23.
The WESTERN TANAGER was still present at the Shark River Hill feeder as
of Feb. 25. Please call Fred and Joyce Armstrong at 732-988-4320 for
updates and directions.
Immature GLAUCOUS GULLS were discovered at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 23,
Shark River Estuary Feb. 25, and North Beach at Sandy Hook Feb. 26. An
adult ICELAND GULL was observed at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 26, while
immature ICELAND GULLS were recorded at Shark River Estuary Feb. 24-25
and Deal Lake Feb. 23. LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were present at Shark
River Estuary Feb. 23, at Silver Lake, Belmar Feb. 23 and Manasquan
Inlet Feb. 25.
For information regarding the Cape May LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULLS
and the RED PHALAROPE call the Cape May Birding Hotline.
The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was last reported Feb. 21 near the
gazebo on Pleasant Plains Road, while a BARRED OWL has occasionally
been observed in the same area during February. A first year GOLDEN
EAGLE was observed flying across the Delaware River near the Dingman's
Bridge Feb. 21 and a MERLIN was perched on the end of the Manasquan
Inlet Jetty Feb. 25.
Several SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were discovered at Grier
Road at the Johnson Sod Farm Feb. 23. An "OREGON" DARK-EYED JUNCO has
been visiting a Union Township feeder since Jan. 22.
The Voice of NJ 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 NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ
08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks
for calling, surfing, and reporting.