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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/6/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 6 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

Two BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS were found in the state this week. The first was found at Lord Stirling Park, Somerset Environmental Center Jan 30-31 around the pond behind the nature center building. Nearby Great Swamp NWR had RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER this week.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was noted at Island Beach State Park Feb 1-2 along Reeds Road Trail and just north of the tidal pool blind. Reeds Road is the first trail/parking area on the right after the entrance; the path to the Tidal Pool Blind is opposite the first large parking lot on the left.

Three female and one male BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found in Salem County Feb 1-2. They were seen feeding in a field with cattle just east of the junction of routes 658 and 650 just north of Hancock's Bridge (DeLorme P. 61, L-15).

A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found at Conaskonk Point Feb 2. Also there were 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 1200 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 500 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, AND ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK. A free "Where to bird along Raritan Bay" Map is available at SHBO or on our website.

Shark River Estuary continues to host numbers of waterbirds. Up to 2 EURASIAN WIGEONS have been along Riverside Drive through Feb 3. Other birds found there over the weekend were RED-NECKED GREBE, 10 GREAT CORMORANTS, REDHEAD, and 2 BALD EAGLES. A EURASIAN WIGEON was also found on Lake Como in Belmar Feb 2. Manasquan Inlet had a GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 ICELAND GULLS and an alcid sp. Feb 1. Two RED-NECKED GREBES and 2 RAZORBILLS were seen from the beach in Spring Lake Feb 3 and a female HARLEQUIN DUCK was off Newark Ave Feb 5. Another RAZORBILL was found in Bayhead this week. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Lake Takanassee Feb 3.

Barnegat Light Feb 1 had one KING EIDER and 7 COMMON EIDERS, 21 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 3 REDHEADS, 150 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, 2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS, 50 SNOW BUNTINGS, and a COMMON REDPOLL. Three KING EIDERS were reported there Feb 4.

Gulls at Florence Jan 31 included 2 ICELAND GULLS and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS; also there ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and BALD EAGLE.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found on the Delaware River Feb 5, just north of the Burlington-Bristol Bridge.

Round Valley Reservoir Jan 31-Feb 1 had 2 BALD EAGLES, 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 MERLINS, 12 RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES, PURPLE FINCH, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Rd) this week had ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 80 HORNED LARK, and 1-2 LAPLAND LONGSPURS.

A flock of 70 COMMON REDPOLL were found in Worthington State Forest along Old Mine Rd 3 miles north of Rt 80 Feb 1.

Single GLAUCOUS GULL and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and 3 ICELAND GULLS were noted at the Sussex County Landfill Jan 31. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15.

Clinton Road in the Pequannock Watershed had 2 COMMON RAVENS, 2 PINE SISKINS, and six COMMON REDPOLLS over the weekend. Birds found at nearby Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood this week included BARRED OWL, PILEATED WOODPECKER, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and up to 11 PINE SISKINS visiting the feeders.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic targeting winter seabirds is scheduled for Sunday, March 7 out of Cape May, NJ. The cost is $90. Contact See Life Paulagics for more information at 215-234-6805 or see their web site at http://www.paulagics.com

Round Valley, Spruce Run, and Merrill Creek Reservoirs are all currently frozen over.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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