This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday February 5, 2014 with reports of SMITH'S LONGSPUR, WESTERN GREBE, EARED GREBE, SNOWY OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LARK SPARROW, seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.
The SMITH'S LONGSPUR was seen again this week at Stone Harbor Point. See the Cape May birding report for more details: http://cmboviewfromthecape.blogspot.com
A WESTERN GREBE was discovered off the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center (oceanside) Jan 31-Feb 2. Other North Shore reports this week included 20 REDHEADS at Manasquan Inlet Jan 30, 4,000 BLACK SCOTERS off Monmouth Beach/Long Branch, 1-2 Red-necked Grebes at Manasquan Inlet, 2-3 RED-NECKED GREBES around Shark River Inlet/estuary, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES off Deal/Long Branch, single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Seven Presidents Park and Allenhurst Feb 1, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL at Shark River Estuary Feb 1, and single SNOWY OWLS at Ocean Grove Feb 2 and Sea Girt Jan 31.
Sandy Hook had 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, RAZORBILL, and 200 SNOW BUNTINGS Jan 31.
Riverdale Ave East in Tinton Falls hosted a VIRGINIA RAIL and a small flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Jan 30.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found in a flock of HORNED LARKS along Herbert Rd near Assunpink WMA Jan 31.
An EARED GREBE was reported in Barnegat Twp at Little Beach Feb 2.
Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet hosted 2 female KING EIDERS, 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 100+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS Feb 2. Across the bay at Manahawkin WMA (Stafford Ave) a SNOWY OWL and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were found the same day.
At least one SNOWY OWL continues this week at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR this week.
Salem County reports this week included a NORTHERN SHRIKE at the intersection of Rte 49 and Hancock's Bridge-Quinton Rd Feb 2 and a LARK SPARROW in Quinton Feb 2-4. The LARK SPARROW was in the front yard of a two story old brick house on the northeast side of Rte 49 between Acton Station Rd and Quinton-Hancocks Bridge Rd. At Featherbed Lane 1-2 SHORT-EARED OWLS continue through Feb 1. Two SANDHILL CRANES were found at Mannington Marsh Feb 2 and a flock of 7 SANDHILL CRANES were found along Salem-Woodstown Rd Feb 2. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Stow Neck Creek Rd Feb 1.
Four WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS were found in the Delaware River at Riverwinds, Gloucester County Feb 4. Eighty-eight TUNDRA SWANS were noted at Floodgates Feb 2.
At least 3 SANDHILL CRANES continue in Franklin Twp through Jan 31; most often seen in fields around Randolph Rd. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Colonial Park this week.
Sightings from Round Valley Reservoir this week included 6 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 3 RED-NECKED GREBES, GREAT CORMORANT, and GLAUCOUS GULL.
Great Swamp NWR hosted a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK Jan 30; also there was a BARRED OWL and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK Feb 1
Ten RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted at Troy Meadows Feb 2.
The Oros Wildlife Preserve in Woodbridge continues to host at least one WILSON'S SNIPE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, and a 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS this week. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen from Ken Buchanan Park in Sayreville Feb 1.
Four SNOWY OWLS were found in the NJ Meadowlands Feb 1.
Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were detected at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus Jan 31.
Three RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at the Ridgewood Duck Pond Feb 2.
Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop had 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS, and at least 5 SHORT-EARED OWLS this week.
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