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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/27/2014
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, February 27, 2014 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS?S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD , HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, KILLDEER, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, WILLET, WESTERN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LAUGHING GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, SNOWY OWL, BARRED OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, EASTERN PHOEBE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, PURPLE MARTIN, TREE SWALLOW, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, PINE WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, VESPER SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.

RED-NECKED GREBE, REDHEAD and EASTERN TOWHEE reports were widespread this week. Avian signs of spring were apparent during the brief weekend warm-up. TREE SWALLOWS were found at several locations around the state, KILLDEER and PINE WARBLERS appeared coastally and Cape May had an EASTERN PHOEBE and a LAUGHING GULL.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR, Feb. 22 produced two TREE SWALLOWS, 70 TUNDRA SWANS, 36 CANVASBACK, two AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and Seven Thousand SNOW GEESE. Feb 23 sightings included: a EURASIAN WIGEON and 150 GREEN-WINGED TEAL loudly calling. A SHORT-EARED OWL was observed at the refuge Feb. 20 and a GOLDEN EAGLE was reported at Mott?s Creek (Forsythe) Feb. 22.

There were 85 Western WILLETS and eight AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS at Brigantine Island Feb. 23, while the Links at Brigantine Beach had a SNOWY OWL Feb. 21. Barnegat Light SP had its usual flock of HARLEQUIN DUCKS Feb 23.

Stafford Avenue (Bridge to Nowhere Road) Feb. 25 had an EURASIAN WIGEON. Holgate at the south end of Long Beach Island was home to five SNOWY OWLS Feb. 22 and 23, while Island Beach SP had two present Feb. 23 and 25, and Cattus Island Park another Feb. 20 and 24.

Riverfront Landing in Toms River recorded 105 CANVASBACKS, one REDHEAD, and 142 RUDDY DUCKS Feb. 25, while Lake of the Lilies had 9 REDHEAD Feb. 23 and Little Silver Lake both in Pt. Pleasant having 204 LESSER SCAUP.

Birds at Manasquan Inlet included a BLACK-HEADED GULL Feb. 22-23, a SNOWY OWL Feb. 23 and the report of a very early PURPLE MARTIN Feb. 22. Two EURASIAN WIGEON were noted at Marconi Road at Shark River Estuary in Belmar Feb. 23. Wreck Pond in Spring Lake had a one day LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Feb. 23 and Lake Como a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Feb. 23. A GLAUCOUS GULL was observed at Seven President?s Park in Long Branch Feb. 20.

Sandy Hook was very productive Feb. 23 with a SNOWY OWL at North Beach, 60 SNOW BUNTINGS, a second year ICELAND GULL and eight TREE SWALLOWS.

The NJ Meadowlands Dekorte on Disposal Road had one to three SNOWY OWLS from Feb. 20-26 and a COMMON RAVEN and two TREE SWALLOWS, plus a report of a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL all Feb. 23. Ocean Terminal in Bayonne had a SNOWY OWL present Feb. 20 & 26 and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR Feb. 25. Hudson County Park in Bayonne hosted 500 RUDDY DUCKS Feb 23 and Liberty SP a SNOWY OWL Feb. 20-21.

The Great Swamp NWR was home to a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a BARRED OWL and a PEREGRINE FALCON Feb. 22. Skelly Field at Rutgers hosted a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Feb.23 and the D&R Towpath in Franklin five REDHEAD, 14 GREATER SCAUP and a RED-BREASTED MERGANSER Feb. 20.

An ICELAND GULL Feb. 20 and a SNOWY OWL Feb. 25 were noted at Johnson Park in Piscataway, while a COMMON RAVEN was discovered in Middlesex. Raritan Waterfront Park in Old Bridge was home to a GLAUCOUS GULL Feb. 23 and Boyd Park in New Brunswick an ICELAND GULL Feb. 25. A EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered at Arthur Kill Park Feb. 20 and another at Marciante-Jackson Millet Park both in Elizabeth Feb. 23 and 25.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were observed at the following locations: McCann Road in Tewksbury Feb. 21, Colonial Park in Somerset along the nature trail Feb. 23, Hawk Rise in Linden Feb. 23, Ernest L. Oros Wildlife Park in Woodbridge Feb. 24.and Featherbed Lane in Flemington Feb. 24.

Round Valley Reservoir provided Feb. 22 a GLAUCOUS GULL, Feb. 23, an ?Eurasian? GREEN-WINGED TEAL and TREE SWALLOW Feb. 22, while a VESPER SPARROW was observed on Spenser Lane in Clinton Feb. 22. A EURASIAN WIGEON was reported at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb. 20 and a CACKLING GOOSE was noted at Twin Rivers in East Windsor Feb. 24.

Three ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were present Feb. 24 are the Mercer Sod Farms, while three MONK PARAKEETS were observed at Carteret High School Feb. 20,

Three SHORT-EARED OWLS and four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were present along the Liberty Loop at the Wallkill River NWR Feb. 24 and 25 HORNED LARKS and a SNOW BUNTING were at the intersection of Hardin and Fredonia Roads in Fredon Feb. 23. An early TREE SWALLOW visited Knowlton Feb. 22.

Two SANDHILL CRANES were present at Mannington Marsh Feb. 23 and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK on Featherbed Lane in Salem Feb. 22. Pemberton Lake WMA hosted five TUNDRA SWANS and 160 RING-NECKED DUCKS Feb. 22, while Taylor?s Refuge in Cinnaminson had 92 COMMON GOLDENEYE, 130 RING-NECKED DUCKS and 96 CANVASBACK, plus a RUSTY BLACKBIRD Feb. 22.

A ROSS?S GOOSE was discovered among Snow Geese at Palmyra Cove Park Feb. 23, while a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was noted at Cooper River Park in Camden Feb. 24.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting

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