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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/29/2008
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, January 24, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, TRUMPETER SWAN, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHER, "WESTERN" WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, AMERICAN PIPIT, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE GROSBEAK, COMMON REDPOLL and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING and the TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continue to thrive at Sandy Hook with both birds still present Feb. 28. The Bohemian Waxwing has been regular in the Boy Scout Camp near the parking lot or the flag poll and the Townsend's Solitaire at its usual haunt around the water treatment building at the end of Randolph Drive north of the Boy Scout Camp. Other Hook sightings include a RUSTY BLACKBIRD, a HORNED LARK and 45 SNOW BUNTINGS on Feb. 24.

The EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Silver Lake in Belmar as of Feb. 28, while a RED-NECKED GREBE was discovered at Lake Como in Spring Lake on Feb. 23 and still present on Feb. 24. An AMERICAN PIPIT was also noted walking the beach at Allenhurst off Corlies Avenue Feb. 23. Manasquan Inlet hosted three RAZORBILLS and a flock of 30+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS Feb. 23, while a pair of hybrid Sandhill/Common Cranes was present at Inman Road in New Egypt Feb. 23. Collier's Mills Road was home to a flock of about 200 HORNED LARKS also Feb. 23.

Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR featured a EURASIAN WIGEON Feb. 23-24 and again Feb. 28, seven TUNDRA SWANS, Feb. 24, and four SHORT-EARED OWLS Feb. 23. Three to four SHORT-EARED OWLS were also tallied just north of Smithville off Mott's Creek Road. A PINE GROSBEAK was reported at a feeder in Port Republic and only appearing for five minutes on Feb. 22. Two MARBLED GODWITS, 110 AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS, and 18 "WESTERN" WILLETS were present on Brigantine Island Feb. 24.

Barnegat Light SP hosted an immature RAZORBILL, a second cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 35 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS and three sub-adult COMMON EIDERS Feb. 24, while Cedar Run Dock Road had one to two SHORT-EARED OWLS present appearing at almost dark the same day. A lone HORNED LARK visited the Harvey Cedars Municipal Park on Feb. 23. Seven RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were present at the Pedricktown Marsh Feb. 25.

The BARNACLE GOOSE was once again present in the Califon Pond off River Road in front of the Methodist-Episcopal Church among a large flock of CANADA GEESE Feb. 24. The Alpha Grasslands, Oberly Road Feb. 23-24 hosted 2 to 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS in a flock of 100+ HORNED LARKS as well as a dark form ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. Two REDHEAD were present at the swimming area of Round Valley Reservoir Feb. 24 and 26, while a RED-NECKED GREBE was discovered on the Reservoir Feb. 27. An ICELAND GULL was again noted at the boat launch area of Spruce Run Reservoir Feb. 23.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was discovered at the Tilcon quarry ponds in Waterloo Feb. 27, while a NELSON'S SHARP-TAILED SPARROW was discovered Feb. 25 on the Liberty Loop Trail at the Wallkill River NWR. This bird is for your NY state list. An immature and an adult GOLDEN EAGLE were present along with an immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK at Van Campen's Inn along the Old Mine Road in Sandyston on Feb 24. The road is treacherous so proceed at your own risk.

Two TRUMPETER SWANS were discovered on Farrington Lake in Bicentennial Park in East Brunswick Feb. 23. By checking leg band numbers, one of the birds is the same bird that was present on Upper Greenwood Lake in February 2007. These are birds that originated in Ontario where a re- introduction project is in progress. Five REDHEADS were present on Dallenbach Lake in East Brunswick Feb. 23, while 150 HORNED LARK were tallied at the East Brunswick dog park. Five REDHEADS were also noted off Hudson County Park in Bayonne Feb. 23.

Six COMMON REDPOLLS continue at the Plainsboro Preserve feeder as of Feb. 28 while others were reported on private feeders in Morris Plains Feb. 23 to 28 and in Springfield Feb. 23.

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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