This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Feb 4 with reports of
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, N. FULMAR, WINTER
FINCHES, RED-NECKED GREBE, KING EIDER, Y-H BLACKBIRD, return of the
SILVER GULL, and various local reports.
A TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE was reported on the Old Mine Road Feb. 1.
The directions were: from the Delaware Water Gap at Rte. 80, drive
north for about 20 minutes. Pass an abandoned school house and look
for two houses across the street from each other. On the right is
a small stucco house; on the left, a large white house with spruces
in front. The solitaire was reported in the spruce and was
reluctant to emerge. Also on Old Mine Road: two RAVENS, REDPOLLS,
PILEATED WOODPECKER and SISKINS.
A pelagic trip Feb 1 off Brielle about 18 miles produced a NORTHERN
FULMAR, one RAZORBILL, 35 KITTIWAKE and 5 fin whales. A GLAUCOUS
GULL was in the Belmar marina also Feb 1. An ICELAND GULL was on
the beach at Sandy Hook at Bayberry Beach on Jan. 31.
The ASH-THROATED FLYCATCHER was last seen Jan 20. EURASIAN
WIGEON continues Stockton Lake in Manasquan. The BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE was unreported this week. Six MARBLED GODWITS were
reported at Hereford Inlet. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
reported in Howell Twp. Jan 31. A KING EIDER was at Stone
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported with two SNOW GEESE in
a flock of Canadas off Rte 78 West near Exit 26. From exit 26,
go north one mile; then left for one mile and look for the
flock. A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Round Valley near the
wilderness camping boat launch Jan 29.
Winter finch reports Feb 1 were: two PINE GROSBEAKS at the north
end of Clinton Rd at its intersection with the Warwick Turnpike
near the deli; WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were at mile 3.5 on
Clinton Road; 19 EVENING GROSBEAKS on Rte. 515 at the same
feeder, house # 214. Elsewhere, SISKINS and EVENING GROSBEAKS
were reported in Chatsworth near the post office. Two
WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were at the feeders at the Weis Ecology
Center Jan 29 & 30.
At Alpha, HORNED LARK and LAPLAND LONGSPUR were reported this week.
At Manahawkin Feb 3, there were two BALD EAGLES and two ROUGHLEGS.
At Jakes Landing, SHORT-EARED OWL was seen. RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS
are still at Rahway River Park, Lenape Park in Cranford, and
Pleasant Plains Road in Great Swamp, where there were also 29
WILD TURKEYS. The SILVER GULL of last year returned to Pennsville at
Riverside Park (presumed an escape.)
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