Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/15/2007
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 Deal Lake.

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 400+ at 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 Fischer Blvd.

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 week.

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 BLACKBIRDS.

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) 837-9063. 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.

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