This is the belated voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday February 8 with reports of Review list species BARNACLE GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, plus SANDHILL CRANE and CRANES (sp.), SNOWY OWL, ICELAND, GLAUCOUS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, RED CROSSBILL, BALD EAGLE, and an announcement.
First that: The Voice of New Jersey Audubon will be moving to the new Sandy Hook Bird Observatory sometime in mid-February, getting a new phone number in the process. The exact date of the move will be announced on this tape when it is known. For now, continue to use the current number, but please make a note of the following: the new hotline number will be 1-732-872-2595. To report birds to the tape after the move, call 1-732-872-2500. Again, continue to use the current numbers until further notice.
Merrill Creek Reservoir in Warren County is the site of a veritable goose fest, with the highlight unquestionably a BARNACLE GOOSE discovered Tuesday February 5 and re-found February 6. Birders searching for the BARNACLE GOOSE also found a WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and several small-race CANADA GEESE at Merrill Creek February 6, as well as BALD EAGLE and the flock of SNOW GEESE that has now built to about 15,000 birds.
Speaking of geese, a PINK-FOOTED GOOSE that's been hanging with a flock of Canada geese below New Hope, PA, is believed to be moving with a flock that occasionally crosses the Delaware River into Jersey. Rounding out the geese, a ROSS'S GOOSE was found at Mannington Marsh in Salem County earlier this week.
The male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen Saturday February 2 at Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook.
The CRANE flock of apparent mixed descent continues at Bostwick Lake on the Salem/Cumberland Co. border near Deerfield. From Rt 55 take exit for Rt 40. Make a right on RT 40 (heading West), stay on Rt 40 untill you come to a circle at Rt 77. Follow Rt 77 South for about 5 miles. Make a right at Friesberg Deerfield road (Johnson's Sod Farm is on the left). Stay on this road untill you come to a Y in the road, stay right and the lake is just on the right. The lake is dry.
A THICK-BILLED MURRE was reported as a flyby with SCOTERS at Barnegat Light on February 3.
RED CROSSBILLS continue at Harrisonville Pond (or Lake) in Wharton State Forest through February 7.
The Sussex County Dump on Route 94, just N of Route 15, has been producing some interesting gulls, including an adult LESSER-BLACK-BACKED February 5 and second winter ICELAND GULL and an adult GLAUCOUS GULL previously. Drive in on the far right past the booth. Go left down the hill, then right at the bottom of the hill. Very soon there is a place to pull off on the left where you can watch the gull action further down or back up to the right on top of the big garbage mound. Many gulls rest in a basin at the base of the big garbage hill.
A SNOWY OWL was discovered at Tuckerton at the end of Great Bay Boulevard on February 1.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call (908) 766-5787 or fax (908) 766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.