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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/25/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 25, 2004 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, ROSS'S GEESE, SANDHILL CRANE, RAZORBILL, CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was sighted again at Sandy Hook Mar 21-22, seen at the Boy Scout Camp and just south of the water treatment plant along Atlantic Drive. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL and 4 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were at North Beach Mar 20 along with a NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL roosting near the Ranger Station. Locally very rare, a second-year GOLDEN EAGLE and a COMMON RAVEN (third site record) were seen from the Migration Watch Platform Mar 23. A good passerine flight Mar 21 included 400 SONG SPARROWS, 300 DARK-EYED JUNCOS, 12 FOX SPARROWS, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, 4 PURPLE FINCHES, and 2 COMMON REDPOLLS.

Manasquan Inlet Mar 21 continued to host an immature RAZORBILL; also there were a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL and a second-year ICELAND GULL. Another RAZORBILL was noted from the Allenhurst jetties the same day.

A ROSS'S GOOSE continued through Mar 20 in Hillsborough Twnshp with a flock of 150 CANADA GEESE. The bird was seen on Hamilton Rd in a cornfield across the road from the Royce Brook Golf Club and near the intersection of Amwell Rd and CR 533 (DeLorme P. 36, I 10-11).

Four RED-NECKED GREBES were present at Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 18-20.

Garret Mountain had an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER at the wet area across from Wilson Ave along with RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH and 5 FOX SPARROWS Mar 23.

A SANDHILL CRANE was reported from a cornfield north of Quakerbridge Rd opposite #4100 near the Lawrenceville/West Windsor/Princeton border Mar 21. Nearby Plainsboro Preserve had a GREAT CORMORANT on the lake Mar 20-24; other migrants there included GREAT EGRET, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and up to 10 displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCK.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW previously reported this winter was noted again at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Mar 22. Look for the bird in the JUNCO flock in the fallow garden area. Also in Burlington County, a RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Fish House Cove in Pennsauken Mar 22 and two others were seen at Palmyra the next day.

Two ROSS'S GEESE were discerned in the SNOW GOOSE flock at Featherbed Lane just north of the intersection with King's Highway Mar 20. Also in Salem County, a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen in Mannington Marsh from the observation tower at Salem River WMA on Rt. 45 Mar 21 (DeLorme P. 61, G-18).

Directions to many of the sites mentioned above can be found in Bill Boyle's Guide To Birdfinding in NJ, available at NJAS Bookstores.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

The Montclair Hawk Watch began its spring season Mar 15. The watch is conducted in the Mills Reservation off Edgecliff Rd in Upper Montclair 9-5 daily. This year's counter is Brian Johnson of Michigan. Visitors are welcome.

Space still remains on the April 17 Belmar trip. The goal of this trip is to see if this is a good time of year to try for Great Skua by chasing large mackerel and herring schools. For more info contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at 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. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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