Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 2/9/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday February 9, 2006 with reports of BLACK BRANT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Six BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (4 males & 2 females) were found in Salem County in a field at the intersection of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P 60, H-13) Feb 5. The birds were in a mixed flock of blackbirds, starlings, and cowbirds in a pasture. Three male and one female BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found there near the farmhouse Feb 8. At the DeLea Sod farms just east of the intersection of Rte 40 and Pointers-Auburn Rd 20 AMERICAN PIPITS, 3 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and SNOW BUNTINGS were noted Feb 6 & 8. Also in Salem County this week were 16 TUNDRA SWANS and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Pedricktown Marsh, a CACKLING GOOSE along Sunset Drive near Mannington Marsh, 13,000 SNOW GEESE and 8 BALD EAGLES at Mannington Marsh.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was viewed again this week in Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook Feb 5. Park at the small median parking lot north of the Sandy Hook Ranger Station, walk north and take the service road on the left out to the bay; the birds are usually among the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock here. A RED-NECKED GREBE was viewed in the ocean off the visitor's center Feb 3. Two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 100+ BLACK SCOTERS, and 5 SURF SCOTERS were off C-lot this week. Early migrants Feb 5 were 2 adult RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS at north pond. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two BLACK BRANT (one adult, one juvenile) were on the fields at South Amboy Waterfront Park Feb 8 and an AMERICAN BITTERN was at Conaskonk Point the same day. More information about birding these sites can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/centers/shbo

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continues near Layton in Sussex County through Feb 5. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11). Two ICELAND GULLS and a GLAUCOUS GULL were found at the Sussex County Landfill Feb 4. A COMMON REDPOLL was found at a Mecca Lake feeder Feb 6. The immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again at the Appalachian Trail parking lot along Sunrise Mountain Rd in Stokes State Forest this week.

Two ROSS'S GEESE were gleaned from the thousands of SNOW GEESE present at Merrill Creek Reservoir Feb 4. Also there were 4 REDHEADS and 25 COMMON GOLDENEYE.

The two RED-NECKED GREBES were located again at Round Valley Reservoir Feb 8 near the wilderness camping parking lot.

Garret Mountain reports Feb 5 included the immature RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the horse stables on the upper road, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BROWN THRASHER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered at Liberty State Park was discovered Feb 3 and present over the weekend near the entrance in a marsh with AMERICAN WIGEON.

The drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still present at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach Feb 4. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen at Manasquan Inlet Feb 3.

Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and 4 Canada X Greater White-fronted Goose hybrids were on the northern half of Turn Mill Pond at Collier's Mills WMA Feb 5-6. Two hybrid Cranes, possibly SANDHILL CRANE X COMMON CRANE, were noted near New Egypt at the intersection of Big Woods and Inman Roads the same day.

An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a probable ICELAND GULL were noted at Trenton Marsh Feb 5.


See Life Paulagics is running an "inshore pelagic" Feb 12 from Belmar in search of alcids, gulls, and other seabirds along the north jersey coast. Another pelagic is scheduled for March 5 from Cape May in search of Fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information on both trips contact See Life Paulagics at http://www.paulagics.com or 215-234-6805.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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