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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/19/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 19, 2009 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The elusive WESTERN GREBE was detected off the Sea Bright municipal beach parking lot Mar 15. Also there was a RED-NECKED GREBE.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was detected near the northwest corner of Gunnison lot at Sandy Hook Mar 15. Other Sandy Hook sightings this week included a RED-NECKED GREBE off the end of the fisherman's trail Mar 14-15 and 2 RED-NECKED GREBES off SHBO Mar 15. A first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL was among the gull flock at the end of the fisherman's trail Mar 14. Eight+ RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS were noted Mar 14 over Battery Potter near the garden. A WHITE-EYED VIREO was found along the bike path south of SHBO Mar 14. A COMMON REDPOLL was gleaned from a small flock of PINE SISKINS near the park visitor center Mar 15. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch tallied 20 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS and 35 RED- TAILED HAWKS Mar 18. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was still present Mar 19 in Collingswood, Camden County. Birders are welcome to visit, but please use discretion and common sense when there. The address is 1147 Mansion Ave, Collingswood NJ. Approach the backyard from the left-hand side of the house and look for the bird in the bushes along the left edge of the yard or under the feeders.

North Shore reports were of 14 COMMON EIDERS and an ICELAND GULL in Deal Mar 15. A RED-NECKED GREBE was off Monmouth Beach the same day. More information about birding the north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

A first-year ICELAND GULL was found at South Amboy Mar 15. For more information on birding this area see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html Manasquan Reservoir had a pair of REDHEADS near the environmental center and a RED-NECKED GREBE off the causeway Mar 16.

Burlington County reports this week included 38 CANVASBACKS, HORNED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, and 2 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson, 58 TUNDRA SWANS at Franklin Parker Preserve, and a RED- NECKED GREBE on the Delaware River in Riverton, all Mar 15.

Barnegat Light hosted 28 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES, 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS, and an ICELAND GULL Mar 18.

Brigantine NWR continued to host a large CANVASBACK flock with some REDHEADS mixed in as well as 8 AMERICAN PIPITS Mar 15. Four WHITE- WINGED CROSSBILLS were seen again at the ornamental pines near the refuge headquarters Mar 14.

Spruce Run Reservoir had 15 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar 16.

Sussex County reports included 2 drake EURASIAN WIGEONS at Hyper Humus Marsh Mar 15; one bird was on pond # 2 and the other was on pond # 7; a map of these sites is available at http://www.sussexcountybirdclub.org . Two RED-NECKED GREBES were on Swartswood Lake Mar 16-18, with one remaining through Mar 19.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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