Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/8/2007
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, February 8, 2007 with reports of GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, HARLEQUIN DUCK, COMMON EIDER, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, HORNED LARK, WESTERN TANAGER, "IPSWICH" SAVANNAH SPARROW, SNOW BUNTING, cancellation of a pelagic trip, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The WESTERN TANAGER at Echo Hill Park in Clinton was last reported Feb. 4, with a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER noted there Feb. 3.

A BLACK-HEADED GULL at Sandy Hook Feb. 4 was observed flying north over the surf from the parking area by the shrink wrapped toll booths at the base of the "Hook".

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Fischer Blvd., Toms River has reappeared, viewed today 2/8/2007.

Barnegat Light State Park continues to host a flock of COMMON EIDERS as well as PURPLE SANDPIPERS Feb. 3. An "Ipswich" SAVANNAH SPARROW was also identified in the grassy area along the jetty there the same day. A pair of COMMON EIDERS and 34 SNOW BUNTINGS were observed at Island Beach State Park Feb. 1.

A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was recorded Feb. 6 by the Nacote Creek off Route 9 in Port Republic (DeLorme P. 65, L-19), while a light morph was discovered at the end of Leed"s Point Road Feb. 8 (DeLorme P. 65, M-22).

A flock of HORNED LARKS was noted at Cross Farm Park in Holmdel Feb. 6, while several flocks of HORNED LARKS were present at Oberly Road in Alpha Feb. 4.


The See Life Paulagics pelagic trip out of Belmar Feb. 11 has been cancelled.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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