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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 3, 2011 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ROSS'S GEESE, SANDHILL CRANE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, NJ's first pending acceptance by the NJ Bird Records Committee, was discovered on Schlegel Lake in Washington Twp, Bergen County Mar 7 and continues through Mar 10. All the land around the lake is private property, so viewing must be done from public roads. Birders are allowed to view the lake from the yard of 107 Woodfield Ave, Washington Twp. Please be discreet and courteous when viewing the lake from the kind folks who are providing access.
Two BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (1 female & 1 male) continued in Salem County through Mar 7. The birds were observed at a horse pasture on Kings Highway north of Rte 40 and south of Featherbed Lane (near Sharptown). Other notable birds in Salem County this week were a Ross's Goose at Featherbed Lane, a calling SANDHILL CRANE at the Rte 45 crossing of Mannington Marsh, and 2 YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS along County Home Rd south of Sharptown.
Up to 6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue this week through Mar 7 at Seven Presidents. The birds are often found in the pines on the north side of the main entrance opposite the Lighthouse Ice Cream stand. They have also been seen in the large stand of pines by the maintenance yard. Please DO NOT enter the maintenance yard-- you can view them better from the road outside of the yard. Also on the North Shore were 2 COMMON REDPOLLS in the dunes at Shark River Inlet Mar 4, 2 ICELAND GULLS at Manasquan Inlet, and single ICELAND GULLS at Sea Girt, Roosevelt Ave in Deal, and Lake Takanassee, all Mar 9.
More info about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx
The male HARLEQUIN DUCK continues on the Delaware River in Harmony Twp through Mar 5. The bird is in a flock of BUFFLEHEADS and was viewed off South Foul Rift Rd opposite the power plant. Morning offer the best light conditions.
The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues this week through Mar 5 at the Ridgewood Duck Pond, seen in the area between the restrooms and the third parking lot.
Up to 21 COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Garret Mountain in birches near the basketball court Mar 4-5. At the other end of Passaic County, 2 COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Sally's Pond, Ringwood Manor Mar 6.
The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues in Bayonne in the bay off the "Ten East" sushi restaurant through Mar 5.
Two ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found at South Amboy Mar 6.
Two ROSS'S GEESE continued this week with a CANADA GOOSE flock at Shelter Cove Park in Toms River through Mar 10.
Brigantine NWR had 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 5.
Sussex County reports this week included 7 TUNDRA SWANS on Lake Musconetcong Mar 6.
An eight-hour "inshore" pelagic from Belmar is scheduled for Mar 26, in search of Razorbills, Murres, Dovekie, and gulls. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at info AT paluagics.com or 215-234-6805.
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch begins March 15; visitors are always welcome-- come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.