Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/20/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 20, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, PACIFIC LOON, EURASIAN WIGEON, GR. WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, KING EIDER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest and pelagic trip announcement.

THE LONG-BILLED CURLEW continued this week in Wildwood off 19th Street. Call the CMBO Hotline for details.

The PACIFIC LOON was seen again off Allenhurst Mar 15, best viewed from the ends of Corlies or Spier Ave along the boardwalk. The bird was also seen off the end of Phillips Ave in Deal from the pier Mar 19.

Elsewhere on the North Shore were 12 RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan Inlet and three RED-NECKED GREBES at Lake Takanassee Mar 16. The drake EURASIAN WIGEON was seen again in Shark River Estuary Mar 14, this time feeding on a lawn at the corner of Vernon and Riverside Drive in Shark River Hills.

Another EURASIAN WIGEON was among large numbers of ducks found at Mannington Marsh Mar 14 & 16; seen from the observation deck in Salem WMA (DeLorme P. 61, G-18) and from the Rt. 45 bridge. A 'EURASIAN' GREEN-WINGED TEAL was also there along with 270 TUNDRA SWANS. One to three ROSS'S GEESE were seen along Featherbed Lane in the SNOW GOOSE flock Mar 14 &16 (DeLorme P. 61, C-21). Bostwick Lake continued to sporadically host two SANDHILL CRANES this week (DeLorme P. 61, L-26). Nine PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were found along Money Island Road this week.

Merrill Creek Reservoir had a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE Mar 14; other sightings there over the weekend included RED-NECKED GREBE, two REDHEADS, 250 Pintails, and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS. Merrill Creek is currently closed due to code orange alert.

The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE reappeared Mar 19. It was in the field just beyond the first impoundment by the Headquarters Road. Also there were two BALD EAGLES and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Sandy Hook had a female KING EIDER off C-lot Mar 18; single GLAUCOUS and ICELAND GULLS at North Beach and four RED-NECKED GREBES off the Fisherman's Trail. Migrants there this week included RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, PURPLE MARTIN, SNOWY EGRET, and 40 GREAT CORMORANTS.

Three COMMON EIDERS and the flock of HARLEQUIN DUCKS were noted this week at Barnegat Light. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was noted at Manahawkin WMA as well.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and ten species of waterfowl were found at Plainsboro Preserve Mar 15.

The Hackensack Meadowlands had displaying WOODCOCK, nines species of waterfowl and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Mar 15.

RED-NECKED GREBE reports included one at the Kingwood access to the Delaware River (DeLorme P. 34, K-11); fourteen at the mouth of Cheesequake Creek Mar 19; and Farrington Lake in East Brunswick.

TREE SWALLOW, EASTERN PHOEBE, FOX SPARROW, and OSPREY were widely reported as migrants this week.

A Pelagic trip to NY/NJ waters is scheduled for April 26. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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