This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 1, 2007 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, possible THAYER'S
GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and
At Sandy Hook a male and female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were found in Horseshoe
Cove Feb 25. To look for the birds park at the small lot opposite the south
maintenance area north of the Ranger Station, walk north and take the gated
service road to the left (west) to the bay.
Look for the birds here. RED-NECKED GREBES were found at here and near the
false hook the same day. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is
available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
At Round Valley Reservoir a possible THAYER'S GULL was seen at the main boat
Launch Area Feb 27. Up to 4 RED-NECKED GREBES continue there this week; 24
REDHEADS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED-THROATED LOON were noted Feb 28.
GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 ICELAND GULLS, and 42 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were
tallied Feb 27. The best times to look for the gulls are early morning or
late in the day: the birds roost there and disperse elsewhere to feed.
North Shore reports this week included a male EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake
in Belmar, a flock of up to 19 REDHEADS at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch, 2
RED-NECKED GREBES at Shark River Marina, and 80 PURPLE SANDPIPERS at
Manasquan Inlet, all Feb 24-25.
A CACKLING GOOSE was noted at Lake Assunpink Feb 28.
A male EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Brigantine NWR along the north dike near
the dog leg Mar 1. At nearby Brigantine Island 4 "Western"
WILLETS and 100+ AMERICAN OYSTERCATCHERS were noted Feb 24.
Just north of Brigantine NWR, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS were viewed from the end of
Mott's Creek Rd Feb 24.
In Bayonne a male EURASIAN WIGEON was detected in a marshy spot behind the
A& P Store Feb 25-Mar 1 and a SHORT-EARED OWL was found at the Bayonne Golf
Course Feb 25. To view the wigeon exit the NJ Turnpike at 14A. After the
tolls take 440 south to the last exit in NJ before crossing the Bayonne
Bridge. Make a right at the end of the exit, go under the bridge and make
the first left before the light into the shopping center. Go around the
supermarket to the back.
Highlights at the Allendale Celery Farm Feb 25 were VIRGINIA RAIL and RUSTY
Thirteen REDHEADS were noted at White Meadow Lake in Rockaway Feb 26.
A pelagic trip is scheduled out of Cape May visiting NJ/DE waters on Sunday,
March 18 in search of Northern Fulmar, white-winged gulls, Black-legged
Kittiwake, Common Murre, Dovekie, Atlantic Puffin, and Razorbill. Contact
See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com for more information
or to register.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birds in New Jersey
written and compiled by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To reports birds
please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species (photos,
field sketches, and/or written descriptions) go to the New Jersey Bird
Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for
calling and reporting.