Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/22/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 22 with reports of Barrow's Goldeneye, Le Conte's Sparrow, Ross's Goose, Little Gull, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The LE CONTE'S SPARROW, previously reported at Abbot's Meadow WMA in Salem County during February, was viewed again Mar 15. The location in the DeLorme NJ Atlas is P. 60, M-14. While in cell L-14 take the road to the south that goes along the west side of the easternmost green block designating Abbott's Meadow WMA property. This is the road that heads south from immediately west of the CR 637 labeling in the DeLorme Atlas. Though not labeled, this is Abbott's Farm Rd. Immediately before the road bends sharply to the west (and approaches a private residence) there is a parking lot on the left (east side) of the road. Park here and walk east out into a field fringed with phragmites; loop around the north end of the phrags to get to the next field to the east. The LE CONTE'S SPARROW was in the northeast corner of this field.

Other Salem County reports this week were of a ROSS'S GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE in the large SNOW GOOSE flock along Sharptown-Auburn Rd near the Featherbed Lane intersection near Woodstown. A ROSS'S GOOSE was also spotted off Kings Highway near Sharptown Mar 18.

In Gibbstown, Gloucester County a EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at Wigand's Pond Mar 18.

At Barnegat Light State Park 2 LITTLE GULLS were found in the inlet along with 15+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS Mar 17.

Along the Deal section of the North Shore this week were the continuing male HARLEQUIN DUCK off Clem Conover Blvd through Mar 18; a first-year ICELAND GULL and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS off Roosevelt Ave; Lake Takanassee hosted 5 REDHEADS and a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL the same day.

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was still present in Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook through Mar 20. Other birds noted at the hook this week included 300 SURF SCOTERS, several RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 2 BALD EAGLES, 4 PIPING PLOVERS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD. A free, detailed map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A first-winter GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at the Spruce Run Reservoir boat ramp Mar 16.

Along Oberly Rd near Alpha in Warren County 2 to 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS and 200 HORNED LARKS were noted Mar 21.

At the Wallkill River NWR Mar 17 a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found along the Dagmar Dale Trail. At Mission Lands Road Mar 18 a flock of 100 HORNED LARKS, 15 SNOW BUNTINGS, and 4 LAPLAND LONGSPURS were noted.


The Cape May Pelagic has been rescheduled for Sunday March 25. For more information or to register call See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 . The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org . Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For more information about grassland surveys contact Mike Bisignano at 908-766-5787 or mike .bisignano@njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908- 837-9063 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org . The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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