This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 13, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, WESTERN GREBE,
TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements. Most locations mentioned in this report
can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey,"
available at most New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.
The BARNACLE GOOSE was seen again Mar 7 northwest of Califon near in a
field near the intersection of Rte 513 and Trimmer Rd (DeLorme P. 29,
I-24 & 25).
At Sandy Hook a WESTERN GREBE was in the ocean off C-lot Mar 11
(probably the same individual that was found nearby on Feb 29). The
long-staying TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE continues through Mar 9 at the east
end of Randolph Dr, accessed off the bike path from the Boy Scout camp
parking area. One BOHEMIAN WAXWING was viewed just north of the
Spermaceti Cove boardwalk Mar 7. Other birds noted at the hook this
week included 3 TUNDRA SWANS (very rare here) at the salt pond Mar
12-13, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES in the ocean off the toll booths and
another in Horseshoe Cove Mar 7, 2 calling NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS near
the scout camp pre-dawn the same day, and a COMMON REDPOLL near north
pond Mar 9. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at
SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
North Shore reports Mar 8-9 were of the drake EURASIAN WIGEON and a
REDHEAD at Silver Lake in Belmar; a RED-NECKED GREBE at Lake Como; an
adult BLACK-HEADED GULL at Manasquan Inlet, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS
at Pullman Ave in Elberon, Deal, Shark River, 2 at Wreck Pond, and
Manasquan Inlet; a GLAUCOUS GULL in Monmouth Beach, single ICELAND
GULLS at Seven President's Park in Long Branch, Roosevelt Ave in Deal,
and 2 at Manasquan Inlet.
The Whitesbog NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again Mar 8. The bird was at
the southeast corner of the second abandoned bog. Also there were 22
A few COMMON REDPOLLS continue to visit feeders at NJ Audubon's
Plainsboro Preserve through Mar 11. Six REDHEADS were noted this week
in DeMott's Pond in Clinton.
A COMMON RAVEN was seen near Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus, where a
pair has nested in the last few years. Also in Hudson County was a
EURASIAN WIGEON at Liberty State Park Mar 11.
See Life Paulagics will run a pelagic trip out of Cape May on Sunday
Mar 16 for winter seabirds. Trip runs from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. For
more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently
recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas
of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must
have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit
one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For
more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at
908-766-5787 x 15 or firstname.lastname@example.org For more
information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at
908-766-5787 x 20 or email@example.com
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the
public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the
North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more
information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or
written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at
91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.