Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/12/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 12, 2009 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WESTERN GREBE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The WESTERN GREBE appeared again off Pullman Ave in the Elberon section of Long Branch Mar 7. The bird was viewed off the end of Valentine Street in Monmouth Beach Mar 8. Other North Shore reports this week included the EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar through Mar 9; the COMMON TEAL at Lake Takanassee, REDHEAD on Lake Como Mar 7, two RED-NECKED GREBES off Deal Mar 7; an AMERICAN BITTERN at Wreck Pond Mar 7, and an adult ICELAND GULL was found at Allenhurst Mar 7-8; a first-cycle ICELAND GULL and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were noted in Shark River Estuary Mar 9. Another "less-back" was on the Sea Girt parade grounds Mar 9. What was either a dark second- cycle Kumlien's Gull or pale THAYER'S GULL was noted at Shark River the same day. Two fly-over WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were heard over Pullman Ave Mar 9. More information about birding the northern part of the north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/northshore.html

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was seen briefly at Sandy Hook Mar 7; the bird was in the scout camp near site # 2. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued in Horseshoe Cove with the COMMON GOLDENEYE flock through Mar 7. Other Sandy Hook sightings this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE off the visitor's center, a first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL in the bay off SHBO, 12+ AMERICAN WOODCOCKS at the scout camp--all Mar 7; 5 FOX SPARROWS and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were noted Mar 8. A hybrid Zonotrichia sparrow--probably a White-throated X White-crowned Sparrow, was seen near the wooden bridge at Horseshoe Cove Mar 8. A COMMON RAVEN was a fly-over at the scout camp Mar 11. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Brigantine NWR Mar 7-8 hosted 50+ TUNDRA SWANS, 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, EURASIAN WIGEON, 340 CANVASBACKS, 27 REDHEADS, AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 SHORT-EARED OWLS, 2 AMERICAN PIPITS, and 5-8 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the pines near the visitor center Mar 7 only. A light-morph ROUGH- LEGGED HAWK was noted at Leed's Point Mar 8.

Barnegat Light State Park had 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, a RED-NECKED GREBE, and 30 PURPLE SANDPIPERS Mar 7.

Burlington County reports this week include a male EURASIAN WIGEON in Mount Laurel through Mar 6. The bird was in a pond at the end of Goff Lane on Ramblewood Golf Course off Rte 73. A waterfowl flight at Palmyra Mar 8 included 1700 SNOW GEESE, 250 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 75 COMMON MERGANSERS, and 3 HORNED GREBES. A dark-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was detected at Amasa Landing Mar 8. Twenty WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted in Wharton State Forest Mar 7. Florence larids this week included 2 ICELAND GULLS and single GLAUCOUS GULLs Mar 5 & 9.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was gleaned out of a flock of 50 HORNED LARKS at Monmouth Battlefield State Park Mar 8. The birds were in a recently ploughed field at the corner of Wemrock Rd and Rte 522.

Great Swamp NWR continued to host a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER at the heronry overlook through Mar 8.

Six WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were observed at Echo Hill Park Mar 7. Other Hunterdon County reports this week were of LONG-TAILED DUCK at Round Valley Reservoir, an ICELAND GULL at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 6, and 20 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS there Mar 7.

Three REDHEADS were found on Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Mar 10.

NJ Meadowlands sightings this week included COMMON TEAL at the DeKorte Center, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and SHORT-EARED OWL.

Six WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in the spruce trees at Ringwood Manor Mar 8.

In Sussex County a drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found at Hyper Humus on pond # 2 with a large flock of dabbling ducks. A birding map of Hyper Humus is available at http://www.sussexcountybirdclub.org Five WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were detected in Kittatinny Valley State Park Mar 7. The birds were in Norway spruces at the southwest corner of Lake Aeroflex near the Quonset hut. Nearby, 6 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were found in Green Twp along Rte 517 near the "Welcome to Sussex County" sign the same day.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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