Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/16/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 16, 2006 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, REEVE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was observed at Conaskonk Point Mar 11 from the western access off Edmund Street in Union Beach. Also on Raritan Bay were two BLACK BRANT at South Amboy Waterfront Park Mar 9. The pair is usually among a few hundred pale-bellied BRANT that feed on the athletic fields (see NJAS's website at http://www.njaudubon.org centers/shbo and click on Birding Raritan Bay for details).

A surprising find at Sandy Hook this week was a COMMON RAVEN over Raccoon Alley Mar 13, and seen again near North Beach Mar 16. An excellent flight of 80 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS was tallied at the hawkwatch Mar 16 and a NORTHERN GOSHAWK was viewed there Mar 15. Also at the hook Mar 11-13 were 100+ SURF SCOTERS, 70 BLACK SCOTERS, and 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off C-lot, the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at the salt pond, BLACK VULTURE, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 5+ EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, 30 SNOW BUNTINGS, 2 CHIPPING SPARROWS, 10 FOX SPARROWS and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Along the North Shore, the drake EURASIAN WIGEON continued through Mar 11 at Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach, along with 4 REDHEADS. Three REDHEADS were found this week at Lake Takanassee.

The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues in the Holmdel area, viewed among the CANADA GOOSE flock along Willow Brook Rd near Cross Farm Park Mar 12. Also there was a CACKLING GOOSE (DeLorme P. 44, F-8).

In Salem County a REEVE was reported in a little pond off Featherbed Lane Mar 14. Two SANDHILL CRANES were flybys along Rte 49 Mar 11. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were still present by the small puddles and torn-up sod east of the intersection of Rte 40 and Pointers-Auburn Rd Mar 11. Mannington Marsh continues to host large numbers of waterfowl this week, including TUNDRA SWAN and BLUE-WINGED TEAL.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Brigantine NWR along the south dike; also at Brig this week were 21 TUNDRA SWANS, and BLUE-WINGED TEAL among large numbers of waterfowl.

An ICELAND GULL highlighted birds viewed at Weequahic Park in Newark Mar 10.

A GLAUCOUS GULL was observed over Caven Point Rd near Liberty State Park Mar 14.

A CATTLE EGRET was discovered at Boonton Reservoir along Rte 46 Mar 13.

Migrants at Garret Mountain Mar 11 included AMERICAN WOODCOCK, 10+ EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, 12+ FOX SPARROWS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

At Round Valley Reservoir 7 REDHEADS were noted Mar 10.

The Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Mar 11. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11). Also in Sussex County was a large group of waterfowl at the Liberty Loop impoundments at Wallkill River NWR Mar 12 that included 11 WOOD DUCKS, 203 NORTHERN PINTAILS, 208 GREEN-WINGED TEAL, 388 RING-NECKED DUCKS, and 28 WILSON'S SNIPE.


Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch began Mar 15 and runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Grasslands Monitoring Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in grassland bird identification and be able to visit their assigned sites/routes approximately four times from May 1 through August 15. These surveys are intended to determine the distribution and abundance of grassland birds, and monitor the success of grassland habitat management programs. Those interested in participating in the project should contact Mike Bisignano, 11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, tel. (908) 766-5787 / fax (908) 766-7775, mike.bisignano@njaudubon.org.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Pinelands Bird Survey Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be familiar with the Pinelands. Pinelands Associates will be required to make two visits to their assigned sites between May 20 and June 25, 2006. The purpose of these surveys is to determine the distribution and abundance of birds in private and public lands in the pinelands. Anyone interested in volunteering for this project or for more information should contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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