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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/13/2014
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 13, 2014 with reports of TRUMPETER SWAN, BARNACLE GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Two SANDHILL CRANES have been present Mar 8-11 in fields along Fairview Hill Rd in Fredon Twp, Sussex County. A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted in a pond near the intersection of Statesville Quarry & Little Road Mar 11-12.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted along Oberly Rd in Alpha Mar 9.

Up to 5 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied at Wickecheoke Creek Preserve in Hunterdon County this week.

Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Colonial Park in Franklin Twp, Somerset County this week.

Sightings from the NJ Meadowlands included 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS along Disposal Rd Mar 8, a SNOWY OWL along Valley Brook Dr, and a EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL at River Barge Park Mar 10.

A BARNACLE GOOSE appeared at Rahway River Park on Jackson's Pond Mar 8-11. Also there this week were 2 CACKLING GEESE and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. Other Union County sightings included the continuing EURASIAN WIGEON at Arthur Kill Park in Elizabethport through Mar 11, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Hawk Rise Sanctuary in Linden, and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Lenape Park Mar 11.

Middlesex County reports included 11 RED-NECKED GREBES and a GLAUCOUS GULL at Carteret Waterfront Park Mar 8-9 and RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Oros Wildlife Preserve in Woodbridge.

Three TRUMPTETER SWANS of unknown provenance reappeared at Lake Assunpink this week.

North Shore sightings this week were of a second-year male KING EIDER off Monmouth Beach Mar 11; two to three male EURASIAN WIGEON, a dozen REDHEADS, and up to 7 RED-NECKED GREBES at Shark River Estuary through Mar 11; a BLACK-HEADED GULL at Monmouth Beach Mar 6; and single SNOWY OWLS at Sandy Hook Mar 6 and Allenhurst Mar 11.

A SNOWY OWL and SHORT-EARED OWL were found at Stafford Ave, Manahawkin WMA Mar 8.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Mar 9-10 had EURASIAN WIGEON, RED-NECKED GREBE, GOLDEN EAGLE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, and SNOWY OWL.

Whitesbog hosted 55 TUNDRA SWANS and a COMMON RAVEN Mar 10.

Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson had 110 CANVASBACKS, 4+ RED-NECKED GREBES, 5 GREAT CORMORANTS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar 8.

Riverwinds in Gloucester County had 24 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 5 RED-NECKED GREBES, and RED-THROATED LOON Mar 11.

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The NJ Young Birders Club's next scheduled field trip is to Sandy Hook Saturday March 29. The trip is free for young birders and parent/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For more info see http://njyoungbirders.weebly.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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