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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/2/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 2, 2006 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, COMMON TEAL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Seven BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (4 male and 3 female) continue in Salem County, most recently reported Feb 26. The birds are often in a mixed blackbird flock near the farmhouse at the corner of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). Another male BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was seen on Kings Highway between Rte 40 and Featherbed Lane at the cattle feed area with a large flock of cowbirds, starlings, and grackles. At Mannington Marsh 2 CACKLING GEESE were viewed Feb 25 and a COMMON TEAL was there Feb 28. One to two ROSS'S GEESE were among the SNOW GOOSE flock nearby at the intersection of Pointers-Auburn Rd and Haines Neck Rd Feb 25-26.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE at Sandy Hook was still present this week. The bird was seen this weekend in the bay just south of SHBO by Guardian Park. If not there, park at the small median lot north of the Ranger Station (there is a fenced-in missile here), walk north and take the service road on the left to the bay. Look for the bird here. Also found at the hook this week was the drake EURASIAN WIGEON north of Spermaceti Cove Feb 25 and a second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at Plum Island Feb 24. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The Layton NORTHERN SHRIKE was still present Feb 25. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11).

Twelve LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an immature GLAUCOUS GULL were among a RING-BILLED GULL flock at Oberly Rd near Alpha Feb 26. At nearby Merrill Creek Reservoir a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was discovered Feb 28. Also there are 4 REDHEADS and up to 25,000 SNOW GEESE.

The drake EURASIAN WIGEON was still present on Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant Beach Feb 26. More surprising was the GREEN HERON found there the same day. A second-winter GLAUCOUS GULL was at Shark River Inlet Feb 25 and a second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there Feb 27.

Three hundred TUNDRA SWANS were noted this week at Lebanon Lakes.

Brigantine NWR hosted a EURASIAN WIGEON Feb 28.

At Florence 15+ LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an ICELAND GULL were found off Riverside Park Mar 1.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

A pelagic trip is scheduled from Cape May March 5 in search of fulmar, alcids, and gulls. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Grasslands Monitoring Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in grassland bird identification and be able to visit their assigned sites/routes approximately four times from May 1 through August 15. These surveys are intended to determine the distribution and abundance of grassland birds, and monitor the success of grassland habitat management programs. Those interested in participating in the project should contact Mike Bisignano, 11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, tel. (908) 766-5787 / fax (908) 766-7775, mike.bisignano@njaudubon.org.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Pinelands Bird Survey Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be familiar with the Pinelands. Pinelands Associates will be required to make two visits to their assigned sites between May 20 and June 25, 2006. The purpose of these surveys is to determine the distribution and abundance of birds in private and public lands in the pinelands. Anyone interested in volunteering for this project or for more information should contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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