Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/5/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 5, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, BARNACLE GOOSE, TUFTED DUCK, EARED GREBE, THAYERS GULL, BARROWS GOLDENEYE, BLACK BRANT, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, MARBLED GODWIT, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcements.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW continued this week in North Wildwood at 19th street; call the CMBO hotline for details.

A drake TUFTED DUCK was seen in the Shrewsbury River off Seacrest Ave in Monmouth Beach Jan 31 and again off Imbrie Street in Sea Bright Feb 4. Any scaup flock in the area is worth checking for this on-again, off-again bird.

An EARED GREBE was found off Beach Haven Heights Feb 3, four-tenths of a mile north of the Holgate Parking Lot opposite Chatham Ave (DeLorme P. 59, K-17). Two subadult male COMMON EIDERS were off 19th Street in nearby Spray Beach and an ICELAND GULL was in Beach Haven.

A BARNACLE GOOSE has been seen at Merrill Creek Reservoir from the tower outlet off Fox Farm Road with a large flock of Canada Geese. Other waterfowl reports from Merrill Creek Reservoir included a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and REDHEADS, and several BALD EAGLES.

The female BARROWS GOLDENEYE was seen again at Sandy Hook in the bay just south of SHBO Feb 1. Also at the hook was a female COMMON EIDER off Gunnison Beach Feb 3.

North Shore reports this week included the continuing EURASIAN WIGEON and REDHEAD in Shark River Estuary, seen from the end of Marconi Road through Feb 3; a first year GLAUCOUS GULL at Shark River Inlet Jan 31; an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the corner of Ocean and Brown Ave in Sea Girt Feb 1; a first year ICELAND GULL and a RAZORBILL at Manasquan Inlet Feb 1; and another RAZORBILL at the end of Pullman Ave in Elberon Feb 2.

Two BLACK BRANT are still present in the Brant flock frequenting Raritan Bayfront Park in South Amboy Jan 30. Look for the birds feeding on the lawns or along the shoreline at low tide. A Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay Map detailing these sites is available at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory.

Florence Jan 31 had numerous LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, five ICELAND GULLS, two GLAUCOUS GULLS, a photographed first year THAYERS GULL, and a possible YELLOW-LEGGED GULL.

A SANDHILL CRANE and a COMMON CRANE (undetermined origin) were seen just east of Harmony in Cumberland County at the corner of Seeley-Cohansey and Walters Roads Feb 1 (DeLorme P. 61, M-26)

Barnegat Light Feb 3 had 10 HARLEQUIN DUCK, SURF SCOTER, BLACK SCOTER, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and a female COMMON EIDER on the north side of the jetty.

A MARBLED GODWIT and twenty-three Western WILLETS were seen on mudflats on the south side of Brigantine Island Feb 2 (DeLorme P. 85, A&B 23).

The Hackensack Meadowlands had a good variety of dabbling and diving ducks Feb 1 including 510 CANVASBACKS; also there ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and FOX SPARROW.

One to two COMMON RAVENS continue to appear early and late in the day in the spruce trees in front of Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood.

Assunpink Feb 2 had REDHEAD and two GREAT CORMORANTS on Lake Assunpink.

A pelagic trip from Cape May is scheduled for Mar 2 with a weather date of Mar 9 in search of FULMAR, ALCIDS, and GULLS. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6850 or http://www.paulagics.com

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. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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