Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/1/2007
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 announcements.

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 BLACKBIRD.

Thirteen REDHEADS were noted at White Meadow Lake in Rockaway Feb 26.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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