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
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
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
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
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
.firstname.lastname@example.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please
contact Nellie Tsipoura at
908- 837-9063 or email@example.com .
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.