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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/13/2003
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 Trail.

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 this week.

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.

 
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