This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, February 28.
This week's reports include review list species BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
THAYER'S GULL and WHITE-WINGED DOVE, plus TUNDRA SWAN, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, PIPING
PLOVER, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, COMMON
RAVEN, RED CROSSBILL and WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, and a March 3 Cape May Pelagic.
A WHITE-WINGED DOVE returned to the same feeder in Cape May after an
over five-year absence on February 25 and was still present February
27. The feeder is at the home of Karl and Judy Lukens, 627 Sea Grove
Avenue off of Sunset Boulevard one road east of Lighthouse Avenue.
The dove also appears in the yards of 615 and 617 Sea Grove. The
Lukens will allow a quite approach up their driveway to view their
feeders and yard, but please honor the privacy and property of others.
A hen and a drake BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued at Horseshoe Cove on
Sandy Hook on February 23.
Two THAYER'S GULLS along with 50 LESSER-BLACK-BACKED, 10-12 ICELAND,
2-4 GLAUCOUS and 2-4 "NELSON'S GULLS" (Glaucous/Herring hybrids) were
present at the Florence Delaware River gull parade on February 26.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was relocated at Merrill Creek
Reservoir on February 24 among the flock of 25,000 Snow Geese. A
ROSS'S GOOSE was identified at Featherbed Lane in Salem County on
February 26. As many as two EURASIAN WIGEON were present at
Mannington Marsh this week, along with TUNDRA SWANS which also can be
found at Whitesbog and Floodgates. The west end of Budd Lake hosted
three REDHEAD on February 26.
The first reports of extremely early PIPING PLOVERS came from Sandy
Hook on February 18 and Wreck Pond on February 26.
COMMON RAVENS are wintering in the Weis Ecology Center area in
Ringwood, while two were noted near Weldon Road on Route 15 in
The RED CROSSBILLS continue at Harrisville Pond in Wharton State
Forest topping out this week at 25 on February 21 with eight still
present February 26. Three WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS visited a
Woodbridge birdbath on February 25.
Space is still available for the Cape May pelagic trip, March 3
leaving on the Miss Chris at 5:00 A.M. The cost is $70.00. The
weather date is March 10. For more information contact Mary Gustafson
at 301-497-1629, cell 302-559-5640 or at
firstname.lastname@example.org. The Miss Chris Captain
Fred Ascoli can be reached at 609-884-3939.
The SANDY HOOK BIRD OBSERVATORY is not yet open to the public and we
will make a formal announcement when we plan our opening hopefully by
mid March. If you have any questions regarding our new center please
The Voice of New Jersey 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. Good birding and thanks for calling,
surfing, and reporting.
Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes