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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/27/2003
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.

 
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