This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 15, 2007 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE,
COMMON TEAL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
A PACIFIC LOON was discovered in Deal Mar 10-11 and reported again Mar 14.
Look off the end of Roosevelt Ave or Phillips Ave; the bird moves around
this area but is often found between the Roosevelt Ave jetty and the next
jetty to the north. Other birds noted along the North Shore this week
included up to 15 REDHEADS at Lake Takanassee, the male EURASIAN WIGEON at
Silver Lake in Belmar Mar 10 & 13, single RED-NECKED GREBES at Shark River
marina and Deal, 2 ICELAND GULLS at Manasquan Inlet, 2 first-winter LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Wreck Pond, and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at
The male and female BARROW'S GOLDENEYES were still present in Horseshoe Cove
at Sandy Hook Mar 10. To look for the birds park at the small median
parking lot north of the Ranger Station, walk north and take the service
road on the left (west) to the bay: look for the Goldeneyes here. Other
birds found at the hook this week included 2 REDHEADS in Horseshoe Cove,
400+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS almost daily, PIPING PLOVER
North Beach Mar 15, a SHORT- EARED OWL over the dunes near north pond, a
GLAUCOUS GULL and two adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at Spermaceti Cove Mar
10, and 16 Fox Sparrows. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is
available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
A BLACK-HEADED GULL was discovered at Lake Assunpink Mar 10.
The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE in Toms River was found again Mar 8-9 off
A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted at Brigantine NWR Mar 10. A "Common" or
EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was found at the entrance pond to the refuge this
A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the Hamden Pumping Station along the
Raritan River in Hunterdon County Mar 11. Also in the county was a pair of
COMMON RAVEN at the Spruce Run Boat Ramp Mar 11.
In Warren County 7 REDHEADS were found at Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 11.
Four REDHEADS were present this week at Stanley Levine Reservoir in
Paterson, viewed from the north end of New St. Migrants noted at nearby
Garret Mountain included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, FOX SPARROWS, and RUSTY
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found among the two dozen Horned Larks present at
Liberty State Park Mar 15. Also in Jersey City at Lincoln Park West an
excellent count of 23 FOX SPARROWS was tallied Mar 14.
The Allendale Celery Farm hosted a good variety of ducks, VIRGINIA RAIL, and
3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS this week.
The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for
bird surveys coordinated through the 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 Bird Surveys contact Mike
Bisignano at 908-766-5787 or mike.bisignanoATnjaudubon.org For more
information about Piedmont Bird Surveys contact Nellie Tsipoura at (908)
Sandy Hook's annual Spring Migration Watch begins March 15 and runs through
May 15. The watch is conducted the observation deck adjacent to Parking
Area K and counts migratory waterbirds, raptors, and other species; visitors
are welcome at any time between 9-5.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey compiled and written by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report
birds please call 732-872-2500. Report of review list species (photos,
field sketches, and/or written
documentation) are requested by the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.