Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/18/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 18, 2004 with reports of RAZORBILL, SANDHILL CRANE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES was reported along the causeway at the back side of Culver's Lake in Sussex County Mar 14 (DeLorme P 19, K-15). It or another pair was noted in Frankfurt Township the same day. Also in Sussex County were 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Wallkill River NWR Mar 13.

The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen again at the end of Pleasant Plains Road in the field left of the parking area at 9:40 a.m. Mar 13.

Another NORTHERN SHRIKE continues sporadically at Island Beach State Park, most recently viewed near the beach parking area Mar 13. Up to 15 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and a female COMMON EIDER were still at Barnegat Inlet this week.

Further north along the shore, 1-2 RAZORBILLS continued this weekend at Manasquan Inlet. Wreck Pond Mar 14 had ICELAND GULL and 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK was with a flock of 60 SURF SCOTERS just north of the Allenhurst jetties Mar 15 (DeLorme P. 45, K-19). Sandy Hook had a modest flight of raptors and flock of 5,000+ gulls at north beach that contained 10-11 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. An ICELAND GULL was there Mar 17.

A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported in a flock of CANADA GEESE in Somerset County in a farm field at the intersection of Amwell Road and Somerset Courthouse Road (CR 533) Mar 18.

Hunterdon County reports included 20,000 SNOW GEESE, 6 REDHEADS, CANVASBACK, and hundreds of PINTAILS on Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 14; RUSTY BLACKBIRDS at Assiscong Marsh; and SHORT-EARED OWL and HORNED LARKS at Alpha Grasslands (Oberly Road).

In Warren County along the Musconetcong River near Point Mountain Preserve Mar 15 were AMERICAN WOODCOCK, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW.



The Sandy Hook Migration Watch began Mar 15 and lasts through May 15 at the North Pond Observation Deck near Parking Area K. This year's counter is Robert Fogg of Fredon, NJ. Please stop by and visit. For more information see the NJ Audubon website.

Space still remains on the April 17 Belmar trip. The goal of this trip is to see if this is a good time of year to try for Great Skua by chasing large mackerel and herring schools. For more info contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

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