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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/28/2002
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 Jefferson.

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 live4birds@aol.com. 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 call 732-872-2500.

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

 
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