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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/5/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for February 5, 2009 with reports of, Barnacle Goose, Western Grebe, Eared Grebe, Bohemian Waxwing, Green-tailed Towhee, White-winged Crossbill, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle?s ?A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey? available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The *BARNACLE GOOSE* was seen along Rte 513 near Melick?s Town Farm in Califon Feb 3. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were seen in the area.

The *WESTERN GREBE* was observed off Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch and just north of there in Monmouth Beach Jan 31- Feb 1. The bird moved south on Feb 2, viewed from the end of Clem Conover Blvd in Deal and off Roosevelt Ave Feb 5. Other North Shore reports this week Jan 31-Feb 1 included 2 REDHEADS at Lake Como, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES and 3 ?large alcid sp.? off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center, RED-NECKED GREBE at Belmar Marina, GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, and 2 ?large alcid sp.? off Allenhurst, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach. More information about birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

The *EARED GREBE* continues at Round Valley Reservoir through Feb 4 near the main boat launch area. Also noted there Jan 31-Feb 1 were 6 REDHEADS, RED-NECKED GREBE, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 2 ICELAND GULLS, 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and fly-over 5 COMMON REDPOLLS and 12 WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS.

A *BOHEMIAN WAXWING* was discovered at Sandy Hook Feb 2. The bird was found with the AMERICAN ROBIN & CEDAR WAXWING flock at the south end of the Gunnison Parking Lot. Small flocks of WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, numbering up to 12-14 were found there as well; look and listen for them anywhere there are stands of Virginia or Pitch Pines. Other hook birds this week included a RAZORBILL off North Beach Pavilion Feb 2 and the ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Plum Island Jan 30. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The *GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE* was present as recent as Feb 2 in Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please use discretion and common sense when visiting. The address is 1147 Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left- hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the left edge of the yard or under the feeders.

Warren County reports this week included the elusive flock of WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS in spruces at the corner of Richline and Fox Farm Roads at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb 2. Up to 14 COMMON REDPOLLS were noted there Feb 1. Also noted on the reservoir Feb 1 were REDHEAD, 2 immature ICELAND GULLS, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Up to 5 ROUGH- LEGGED HAWKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were detected at the Alpha Grasslands along Oberly Rd Jan 31- Feb 1. In Allamuchy Twp a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found among a HORNED LARK & SNOW BUNTING flock along Shades of Death Rd between Long Bridge Rd and Gibbs Rd (DeLorme P. 23, L-24) Jan 30-31. Another LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found along Ervey Rd in Allamuchy Twp (DeLorme P 23, K-25) Jan 30.

Wallkill River NWR?s Liberty Loop Impoundment hosted ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 SHORT-EARED OWL, and BARRED OWL Feb 1. Also in Sussex County were 2 GOLDEN EAGLES (one adult, one juvenile) over Van Campens Inn in the Delaware Water Gap NRA Feb 1.

Spruces and hemlocks around Ringwood State Park and Skylands Manor continued to host 15-35 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS Feb 1-2. Also in Passaic County was a flock of 100 COMMON REDPOLLS on School House Rd off Clinton Rd Feb1.

A flock of 400 CANVASBACK was off Hudson County Park Jan 30. Up to 2-3 SHORT-EARED OWLS were reported hunting over the Bayonne Golf Club Jan 30 and 90 SNOW BUNTINGS were at Ocean Terminal the same day.

Great Swamp NWR this week had RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and NORTHERN SHRIKE, both seen near the heron rookery overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was along Pleasant Plains Rd Feb 4. Nearby Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary had 80+ PINE SISKINS and a brief visit by a COMMON REDPOLL Jan 31.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at the Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster Feb 1.

At Mercer County Park Northwest (aka the pole farm) 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS were tallied Jan 31 and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were there Feb 1. Fifteen WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in the vicinity of the bird feeders at Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Preserve HQ Jan 30. A flock of 20-30 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were detected at Sayen Garden in Hamilton Feb 5.

A SNOWY OWL was reported from a field along North Pemberton Rd in Pemberton Feb 4.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was a rare find at National Park in Gloucester County Feb 2.

Mad Horse Creek WMA hosted a CACKLING GOOSE, SHORT-EARED OWL, and 18 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS Feb 1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar February 8, 2009 in search of Razorbill, Dovekie, other alcids, Black-legged Kittiwake, and ?good gulls.? For more information or to register, please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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