This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 4, 2010 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
The BARNACLE GOOSE checked in at the pond section of the Raritan in Califon, Hunterdon County as recently as Jan 31. On Jan 30 the bird was found at Melick's Orchard along Rte 513. Other Hunterdon County reports included a GREAT CORMORANT at Round Valley Reservoir and a CACKLING GOOSE, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and 3 ICELAND GULLS at Spruce Run Reservoir Jan 30-31.
The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued this week at Sandy Hook. To look for the bird park in the median lot north of the ranger station and walk north to the gated service road on the left. Take this road out to the bay and look here. Two first-cycle ICELAND GULLS continue to frequent the rocks off SHBO. Four RAZORBILLS were seen off B-lot Feb 2. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was reported along the fisherman's trail Jan 30. A flock of 20+ SNOW BUNTINGS has been frequenting the dunes between parking areas C & D. A free detailed map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The WESTERN GREBE was spotted again Feb 4 off Pullman Ave in Elberon. Other North Shore reports included the EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at the upper end of the third pond at Lake Takanasee Feb 1 and a RAZORBILL off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Jan 30. More information on this area http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
The SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen as recently as Jan 29 at Palmyra Cove.
Birds noted at Barnegat Light Jan 31 included a female KING EIDER, 150+ COMMON EIDERS, 200 BLACK SCOTERS, 300+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 50 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL.
A first-cycle ICELAND GULL and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were noted Jan 30 at the Edison Boat Launch.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted along the Passaic River at Glenhurst Meadows Feb 1.
A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was photographed on Lake Assunpink Feb 1.
A pelagic trip is scheduled for Feb 28 in search of alcids including Razorbill, Dovekie, and Murres, as well as kittiwakes and other good gulls. For more information or to register see http://www.paulagcis.com
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