Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/8/2001
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 GREBE.

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.

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