Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/17/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 3, 2011 with reports of PINK-FOOTED GOOSE, BLACK BRANT, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ROSS'S GEESE, SANDHILL CRANE, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The PINK-FOOTED GOOSE continues on Schlegel Lake in Washington Twp, Bergen County through Mar 16. All the land around the lake is private property, so viewing must be done from public roads. Best viewing is from Woodfield Ave opposite the public library on the outside of the fenced field. Birders are also allowed to view the lake from the yard of 107 Woodfield Ave, Washington Twp. Please be discreet and courteous when viewing the lake from the kind folks who are providing access. These are the only ethical places to look for the goose, which roosts on the lake and can be seen very early and late in the day. Other Bergen County reports this week were of the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER through Mar 14 at the Ridgewood Duck Pond, seen in the area between the restrooms and the third parking lot and HORNED GREBE and 135 CANVASBACKS at DeKorte Environment Center Mar 14.

At least one BREWER'S BLACKBIRD continues in Salem County through Mar 12. The bird was observed along Sharptown-Auburn Rd north of Sharptown. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found at a horse pasture on Kings Highway north of Rte 40 and south of Featherbed Lane (near Sharptown) Mar 12 & 15. A SANDHILL CRANE was at the Rte 45 crossing of Mannington Marsh Mar 14.

North Shore reports included two "Black" BRANT at Lake Como Mar 12, RED-NECKED GREBE off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Mar 16, a GLAUCOUS GULL off Marine Place in Deal Mar 11, 2 RAZORBILLS off Atlantic Ave in Spring Lake Mar 13, and 3 COMMON REDPOLLS in the dunes at Shark River Inlet Mar 13. At least two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue through Mar 16 at Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch, usually seen in the pines in the northern half of the park.

More info about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

Sandy Hook sightings this week included a massive sea duck flock that included 15,000 GREATER SCAUP, 3,000 SURF SCOTERS, 12 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 2,500 BLACK SCOTERS, and 2,200 LONG-TAILED DUCKS. First-cycle ICELAND GULLS were noted at B-lot and at the end of the fisherman's trail Mar 14. Birds noted Mar 13 included 11 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 3 PIPING PLOVERS, 16 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, and 3 FOX SPARROWS. Six COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at Plum Island Mar 15. A free, detailed birding map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Five GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were noted in fields adjacent to the intersection of Etra Rd (Rte 571) and Feldsher Rd near Hightstown Mar 11.

Two ROSS'S GEESE continued this week with a Canada Goose flock at Shelter Cove Park in Toms River through Mar 16.

An ICELAND GULL was found at South Amboy Mar 16.

Two ICELAND GULLS were noted on Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 11-14. Other birds noted there this week included 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and 22 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar 15. A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed over Round Valley Reservoir Mar 17.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was seen from the east tower at Lord Stirling Park Mar 12. Also there were BLUE-WINGED TEAL and BARRED OWL.

Forty-one HORNED GREBES were tallied at Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 13.

Five COMMON REDPOLLS were found in the Bragg parking lot at Rifle Camp Park Mar 14.

The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL continues in Bayonne in the bay off Houlihan's Restaurant and Rte 440 through Mar 12.

Forty TUNDRA SWANS were at Whitesbog Mar 13.

Brigantine NWR had a ROSS'S GOOSE Mar 13 and REDHEAD, ICELAND GULL, and SHORT-EARED OWL Mar 15.

Fifty COMMON REDPOLLS were tallied on Mooney Rd in Roxbury Twp. The birds were on the left side in birches about six tenths of a mile from Rte 206 and before Conkling Pond.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: An eight-hour "inshore" pelagic from Belmar is scheduled for Mar 26, in search of RAZORBILLS, MURRES, DOVEKIE, and gulls. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at info AT paluagics.com or 215-234-6805.

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has begun; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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