Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/24/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 24, 2005 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BARNACLE GOOSE, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, ROSS'S GOOSE, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was found at Big Brook Park in Marlboro Mar 22-23. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed Camp Arrowhead." Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about a mile to a T intersection and a collapsed barn foundation. The bird was seen in trees near the foundation and in the privet hedge just before the T. Please report any further sightings of this bird (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continued in Sandy Hook's Horseshoe Cove Mar 22 along with 300 COMMON GOLDENEYES, 200+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and a first-year ICELAND GULL Mar 19. A RED-NECKED GREBE was seen in Horseshoe Cove Mar 19. The drake EURASIAN WIGEON was noted Mar 22 in Spermaceti Cove. Early passerine migrants at the hook Mar 23 included 20+ FOX SPARROWS and 12 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS.

North Shore reports Mar 21 included single first-year ICELAND GULLS at Manasquan Inlet and Roosevelt Ave in Deal, and the drake EURASIAN WIGEON on Wreck Pond. The drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was sighted again at Lake Takanassee west of Van Court Ave Mar 22.

Barnegat Light State Park had 20+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, all 3 scoters, an immature male COMMON EIDER, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS Mar 22.

Salem County sightings Mar 19-20 included 3 ROSS'S GEESE in the SNOW GOOSE flock off Featherbed Lane in Sharptown, and TUNDRA SWAN and BLUE-WINGED TEAL at Pedricktown Marsh. Mannington Marsh hosted BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 100+ COMMON MERGANSERS, several BALD EAGLES, 30-40 WILSON'S SNIPE, and a fly-by SANDHILL CRANE viewed from the Salem WMA observation deck. An adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was found in a field just south of Mannington Marsh.

Florence had 13 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 2 Iceland Gulls from River's Edge Park just south of the boat launch Mar 22.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was found in the Hackensack Meadowlands in Sawmill Creek WMA Mar 22 (DeLorme P. 32, H-12).

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were noted at the Great Swamp NWR Mar 17 opposite the Friends of GSNWR" house on Pleasant Plains Road, with one sighted again on Mar 23. Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were along Pleasant Roads Mar 19.

A BARNACLE GOOSE (origin unknown) was found among the thousands of geese at Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 19-20. A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and a CACKLING GOOSE were found there as well, viewed from the tower outlet Mar 22.


See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports 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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