Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/17/2005
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 Mar 13.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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.

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