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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/7/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday February 7, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, "COMMON" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, seasonal and local reports of interest.

At least 2 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS remained at Sandy Hook through Feb 3; they are most often seen around the Boy Scout camp parking lot or north of there along the bike path. The TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues at the east of Randolph Drive, north of the scout camp through Feb 7. Two drake REDHEADS were among the thousands of GREATER SCAUP in Spermaceti Cove Feb 2. A RAZORBILL was a fly-by off North Beach Feb 2. A RED-NECKED GREBE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were detected off North Beach Feb 3. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was at Gunnison Beach Feb 6. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A COMMON TEAL or EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was noted at DeKorte Park in the Hackensack Meadowlands Feb 2 & 4. The bird was in the partially drained pool between the nature center and the Saw Mill Trail. Low tide may be best. Also present there Feb 2 was a rare mid-winter SNOWY EGRET.

The BARNACLE GOOSE continues in Califon this week through Feb 5. Look for the bird across from the Methodist church in Califon or among Canada Goose flocks along Rte 513 (DeLorme P. 29, J-24).

North Shore reports this week included a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Old Sam's Pond in Point Pleasant Beach Feb 2; the bird was seen at nearby Manasquan Inlet Feb 3. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Wreck Pond Feb 3 and a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was seen from the Belmar marina Feb 4. A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted on Lake Como Feb 2. A male EURASIAN WIGEON continued through at least Feb 4 at Sylvan Lake on the Bradley Beach/Avon border.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 10 COMMON EIDERS, and an ICELAND GULL Feb 3.

Birds of interest at Manahawkin WMA (Stafford Ave) Feb 3 were an immature LITTLE BLUE HERON, TRICOLORED HERON, dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS. Another SHORT-EARED OWL was observed at nearby Cedar Run Dock Road Feb 5.

Franklin Parker Preserve in Burlington County had 22 TUNDRA SWANS, RED- SHOULDERED HAWK, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 7 PALM WARBLERS and up to 10 COMMON REDPOLLS Feb 4. Access is off Rte 532 west of Chatsworth. Check the rear bogs with abandoned blueberry fields and scattered birch trees. Also in Burlington County GLAUCOUS GULL, ICELAND GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were all reported at Florence this week and 30+ COMMON REDPOLLS were feeding in birch trees at Amico Park off River Rd in Delran Feb 3.

Hunterdon County reports this week included a CACKLING GOOSE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and ICELAND GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir Feb 4. A LONG-TAILED DUCK was noted on Round Valley Reservoir Feb 4-5.

Two to three COMMON REDPOLLS have been visiting feeders at NJAS's Plainsboro Preserve Feb 2-7.

Garret Mountain had a flock of 25+ COMMON REDPOLLS in the birches near the basketball courts Feb 1.

Belated reports this week were of a GOLDEN EAGLE on Wanaque Reservoir and 3 EVENING GROSBEAKS at Six Mile Run Park, both Jan 31.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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