This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday
March 17, 2005 with reports of EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL, BARROW'S
GOLDENEYE, THICK-BILLED MURRE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was seen at Lake Takanassee Mar 12; view
the bird at the west end of the third pond west of Ocean Ave near
Woodgate Ave. A THICK-BILLED MURRE was a surprise at Shark River Inlet
Mar 16. Also on the North Shore this week was the drake EURASIAN WIGEON
at the west end of Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach, another
drake EURASIAN WIGEON discovered at Lake Como Mar 13, and a drake
HARLEQUIN DUCK off the north end of the Allenhurst jetties, all Mar 12.
Sandy Hook's hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again at Horseshoe Cove
Mar 11. Other sightings this week included a modest raptor flight
including 16 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and PEREGRINE FALCON Mar 13. The
drake EURASIAN WIGEON was moving around this week with sightings at
North Pond, Horseshoe Cove, and Spermaceti Cove. A free detailed
birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log
there for daily reports.
Barnegat Light State Park Mar 13 hosted an immature male COMMON EIDER,
35 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, all 3 scoters, an immature RAZORBILL, 20 PURPLE
SANDPIPERS, and IPSWICH SPARROW.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Tuckerton Mar 11.
Waterfowl at Brigantine NWR Mar 11-13 included TUNDRA SWAN, arriving
BLUE-WINGED TEAL, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, and 85 CANVASBACK.
Florence hosted a GLAUCOUS GULL, 2 ICELAND GULLS, and 5 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar 12. Also in Burlington County was a RED-NECKED
GREBE discovered at Palmyra Mar 13.
Another RED-NECKED GREBE was noted on Lake Assunpink Mar 16 along with
large numbers of waterfowl.
A COMMON RAVEN, rare in Hunterdon County, was noted at the south end of
Thatcher Road, which comes off of Route 519 south of Route 12. Also in
the county were 6 REDHEADS at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington Mar 13.
Merrill Creek Reservoir had a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Mar 15 seen
off Fox Chase Road. Two ROSS'S GEESE were detected amongst the
thousands of Snow Geese there Mar 16 from the woods observation deck. A
CACKLING GOOSE was also noted in the SNOW GOOSE flock.
Early migrants at Garret Mountain included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS,
an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at Wilson Ave, and 8 FOX SPARROWS Mar 12-13.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered at a Hillsborough Twnp feeder
A NORTHERN SHRIKE was found in the Great Swamp NWR near the end of the
boardwalk trail a quarter mile before the observation blind Mar 13.
Arriving spring migrants reported this week at various locations
included GREAT EGRET, OSPREY, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, and TREE SWALLOW.
See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday
April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For
information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is up and running at the North Pond
Observation Deck adjacent to Parking Area K. Join this year's counter
Adam Perry anytime between 9-5 for a look at what birds are winging
their way past the watch.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review
List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.