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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/13/2008
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 Tundra Swans.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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 kristin.mylecraine@njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

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 sightings@njaudbubon.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.

 
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