Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/24/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 24, 2011 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were viewed along the Wallkill River from a canoe Mar 20. The birds were in a farm field along the west bank opposite marker # 7 on the paddler's map. At the Liberty Loop impoundments, thousands of waterfowl were present Mar 19-20 including 21 TUNDRA SWANS, 6 REDHEADS, 1,000+ RING-NECKED DUCKS, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, and NORTHERN PINTAILS. Also present were 3 HORNED GREBES and 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Other Sussex County reports were of a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE at Paulinskill Pond near Junction Rd & Newton-Swartswood Rd Mar 18, a drake EURASIAN WIGEON in a flooded field opposite the runway along Creek Rd in Green Twp Mar 22-23, a RED-NECKED GREBE off Hendershot's Point at Swartswood Lake, and 37 COMMON REDPOLLS at the playground at Vernon Crossing Marsh Mar 18.

Sixty LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were tallied at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 18.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Glenhurst Meadows through Mar 18, seen from the garden parking lot area.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 1,160 SNOW GEESE, 34 GREAT BLUE HERONS, an adult female NORTHERN GOSHAWK, 7 WILSON'S SNIPE, 21 EASTERN BLUEBIRDS, and an early BARN SWALLOW Mar 18; RED-NECKED GREBE on north pond and a COMMON RAVEN Mar 19, and an adult ICELAND GULL at the false hook Mar 22. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Two COMMON RAVENS were soaring with a BALD EAGLE over South Amboy Mar 20. For more information on birding this area see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingAlongRaritanBay.aspx

The drake EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL was at the third pond west in the Lake Takanassee chain Mar 21. An ICELAND GULL was at Shark River estuary Mar 21 and a GLAUCOUS GULL was off Clem Conover Blvd in Deal Mar 22. More information on birding this area can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

Two TUNDRA SWANS were found in a field along Applegarth Rd in Monroe Twp opposite the Nativity of our Lord Church Mar 19.

Barnegat Light State Park/Inlet hosted 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 100 COMMON EIDERS, a first-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and GLAUCOUS GULL Mar 20.

Brigantine NWR reports Mar 21 included a drake REDHEAD, 20 CANVASBACKS, A GOLDEN EAGLE, and SHORT-EARED OWL.

A SANDHILL CRANE continues to be seen from the Rte 45 crossing at Mannington Marsh in Salem County through Mar 20. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD continues near Sharptown/Cow Town rodeo through Mar 18. Look for the blackbird at the cattle feed lot on King's Highway opposite Melissa Lane north of the intersection with Rte 40.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: Space is still available on the eight-hour "inshore" pelagic from Belmar is scheduled for Mar 26, in search of Razorbills, Murres, Dovekie, and gulls. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at info AT paluagics.com or 215-234-6805.

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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