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
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.