This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thurs Feb. 8 with reports of Review
List THAYER'S and possible BLACK-TAILED GULLS, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, dark
morph ROSS'S GOOSE; and other reports of SANDHILL CRANES, GR.
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, SNOWY OWLS, NORTHERN SHRIKES, EURASIAN WIGEON,
ICELAND GULLS, BLACK-HEADED GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and assorted
reports of interest.
THAYER'S GULLS were reported from Florence this week along with ICELAND
and GLAUCOUS GULLS. The BARROW'S GOLDENEYE and the first year ICELAND
GULL continue at the south end of Horseshoe Cove near the pilings as of
Feb. 7. Bogan's whale-watch trip Feb.ruary 4 had 32 RAZORBILLS and
several adult ICELAND GULLS. Birds at Manasquan Inlet this week included
adult and first year ICELAND GULLS, BLACK-HEADED GULL and RED-NECKED
A bird which may have been an adult BLACK-TAILED GULL was seen standing
on the ice at Old Sam's Pond Feb. 2. The bird was not found Feb. 4
there, but adult ICELAND and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were seen. The
SANDHILL CRANE continues at Veteran's Park in Hamilton. The GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen at Warinanco park in Linden; from Exit 13,
NJ Turnpike, go north on Rte 1 and 9 to Park Ave to the park.
In Salem County, a possible dark morph ROSS'S GOOSE was with SNOW GEESE
on the Auburn-Pointers Road a half mile south of its intersection with
Rte 40; this is about two miles west of Cowtown. Some eight SANDHILL
CRANES were seen at Bostwick Lake, a park on the Salem-Cumberland border
Feb. 4. Reach the area from the east or west via 540 or north-south via
the Seeley-Cohansey road. The lake is drained and the cranes were
feeding on the mud. Remember to stay in the public park area. Two SNOWY
OWLS continue at Liberty State Park in Jersey City and another at
Holgate. In Cape May, the EURASIAN WIGEON continues on the pond on
Madison Ave, and a NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen this week at Woodcock Trail
in Cape May NWR.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE reported Jan. 28 on Richline Road near Merrill Creek
was seen daily through Feb. 4 on Montana Road near its intersection with
Richline, often on top of a large tree close to the road. From the
Merrill Creek Nature Center, turn right on Richline, and right on
Montana; there is a pullout immediately on the left side of the road
with room for two cars. The bird has been cooperative and can be seen
from the road on nearby trees and in hedges and bushes. Scope is useful
if it flies to nearby treelines. No reports since the snow, but perhaps
no one was there since. The assortment of wintering waterfowl (REDHEADS,
RING-NECKS, CANVASBACK and now PINTAIL) continues on the Reservoir.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK were at the heronry on
Pleasant Plains Road Feb. 7. ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS continue at Kearny,
Lyndhurst, Manahawkin and Motts Creek. Tens of thousands of GREATER
SCAUP were massing on Raritan Bay Feb. 7.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To
report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of
review list species now goes to NJBRC at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ
08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.