This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 13, 2003
with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, PACIFIC LOON, EARED GREBE, KING
EIDER, LITTLE GULL, SANDHILL CRANES, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD,
WHITE-FRONTED GEESE and BARNACLE GEESE.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW, LITTLE GULLS and BLACK-HEADED GULLS continue in Cape
May-call the CMBO Hotline for details.
The PACIFIC LOON was seen again off the Allenhurst Jetties Mar 7,9, &
11. It was joined by an EARED GREBE the latter two days and a
RAZORBILL Mar 9. From Ocean Ave in Allenhurst take either Cedar or
Spier Ave to the boardwalk and scan the ocean. Afternoon may be better
(DeLorme P 45, K-19).
Other North Shore birds Mar 8-9 included the drake EURASIAN WIGEON off
Marconi Road in Shark River; up to 12 RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan
Inlet; a LITTLE GULL off Deal; single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at
Manasquan Inlet, Wreck Pond, and Lake Como; and five RED-NECKED GREBES
on Lake Takanassee.
Sandy Hook reports included up to three ICELAND, one GLAUCOUS, and one
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at north beach, several RED-NECKED GREBES,
and a good push of early migrants Mar 9 with five RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS, AMERICAN PIPIT, AND RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
In Salem County a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD has been seen repeatedly on
Featherbed Lane near Woodstown. Up to three SANDHILL CRANES are being
seen sporadically at Bostwick Lake (DeLorme P.61, L-26). The
Mannington Marsh area hosted almost 200 TUNDRA SWANS Mar 9.
A THAYER'S GULL, both white-winged gulls, and numerous LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were reported at Florence this week along with
seven RED-NECKED GREBES.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen again in Veteran's Park in
Hamilton near the wooden pagoda (DeLorme P. 86, H-10).
Lake Assunpink had four REDHEADS Mar 8.
A BARNACLE GOOSE was present Mar 8 at Merrill Creek Reservoir, seen
from the tower outlet. Also there this week were 30,000 SNOW GEESE and
two RED-NECKED GREBES. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at nearby Oberly
Road in Alpha Mar 8.
The adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen again Mar 8 near
Bedminster. From the intersection of Rt. 206 and Pottersville Road
take Pottersville Road west to the intersection of Union Grove
Road. The bird visits the feeder at the house on the northwest corner.
Reports from Wallkill River NWR Mar 8-9 included four ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWKS along the Liberty Loop Trail and one along Dagmar Dale Nature
Barnegat Light hosted a first-winter male KING EIDER, one COMMON
EIDER, 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a RED-NECKED GREBE Mar 11. Manahawkin
WMA had two SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 10.
RED-NECKED GREBES continue in exceptional numbers in many parts of the
state. Places and numbers not already mentioned were 13 in the
Delaware River between Delanco and Palmyra; one at Pemberton Lake WMA;
six at the Belford Ferry Terminal; five in Keyport Harbor;
Carpentersville; Island Beach, and Manasquan Reservoir.
FOX SPARROWS, OSPREY, AND LAUGHING GULL were all reported as migrants
A pelagic trip from Belmar, NJ to NY/NJ waters is scheduled for April
26. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or
visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of
review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you
good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.