Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/11/2010
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 11, 2010 with reports of BLACK BRANT, WESTERN GREBE, SPOTTED TOWHEE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal & local reports of interest.

A THICK-BILLED MURRE was studied off a jetty at Jersey Ave in Spring Lake Mar 5; no reports since.

The North Shore WESTERN GREBE was viewed on the north side of Shark River Inlet Mar 6. On Mar 7 the bird was seen off the north end of the boardwalk in Allenhurst and Marine Place in Deal Mar 9. A BLACK BRANT was among the pale-bellied Brant at Silver Lake in Belmar Mar 5. Also in DEAL was a continuing flock of 300 BLACK SCOTER and 7+ COMMON EIDERS. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL and a RAZORBILL were viewed off Marine Pl in Deal Mar 9. More information on birding these areas can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorther nNorthShore.aspx

The female SPOTTED TOWHEE continued this week at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Mar 6; look for the bird in association with several EASTERN TOWHEES at "the big pit."

Two SANDHILL CRANES continue in Wall Twp through Mar 7. The birds are most frequently seen near the intersection of Benz Rd and New Bedford Rd on or near GIESER'S FARM.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE continued through Mar 7 at DeKorte Environmental Center in the NJ Meadowlands along Disposal Rd; also there this week were RING-NECKED PHEASANT (probably "wild birds"), 200 CANVASBACKS, and 5 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS.

Eight MONK PARAKEETS were noted in Ridgefield at the corner of Edgewater & Railroad Aves Mar 6.

A Red-headed Woodpecker with a "75% red head" continues through Mar 7 at Campgaw Reservation.

A male Eurasian Wigeon was noted at Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Twp Mar 9-10.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 24+ Lesser Black-backed Gulls Mar 6. Two Iceland Gulls were noted there Mar 5. One hundred thousand Snow Geese were on Merrill Creek Reservoir along with a Redhead and Long-tailed Duck Mar 9.

A Rough-legged Hawk was seen over fields at Winding Brook farm, about 2 miles north of Ross's Corner Mar 8.

Nine Lesser Black-backed Gulls and an Iceland Gull were noted at Florence Mar 9.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or sightings@njaudubon.org Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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