This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 26, 2009 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GREEN-
TAILED TOWHEE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be
found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available
at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.
Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species*
through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the
New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown
Drive, Warren NJ 07059.
The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was detected briefly at the north end of the
South Beach Dune Trail Mar 21. The bird was in an AMERICAN ROBIN and
CEDAR WAXWING flock. Other birds noted at the hook Mar 21-22
included 18 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a calling VIRGINIA RAIL at north
pond, BARRED OWL along Raccoon Alley, 6 FOX SPARROWS, 10 EASTERN
MEADOWLARKS, and PURPLE FINCH. A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported Mar
23. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO;
check the sightings log there for daily reports.
The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was still visiting the feeders at 1147
Mansion Ave in Collingswood, Camden County through Mar 22. Birders
are welcome to visit; please use common sense and discretion. Walk
to the backyard on the left side and the house and watch for the bird
at the feeders and the shrubs on the left.
Four BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found at Pennsville, Salem County Mar
23. The birds (two males & two females) were in the cattle field
along Freas Road off Rte 49 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13).
Sussex County reports this week were of 1-2 RED-NECKED GREBES at
Swartswood Lake Mar 20-25 and an adult GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over
Yard's Creek Reservoir Mar 24.
Three RED-NECKED GREBES were found on Split Rock Reservoir in
Rockaway Mar 23.
The COMMON TEAL continues this week at the DeKorte Environmental
Center in Lyndhurst. The bird was in the small pond adjacent to the
entrance near the railroad tracks. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was over
Secaucus Mar 24.
Early spring migrants at Garret Mountain Mar 24 included 3 BROWN
CREEPERS, WINTER WREN, and 7 FOX SPARROWS.
Great Swamp NWR hosted an immature GOLDEN EAGLE at Pleasant Plains
Road Mar 22. The adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was there that day as
well. Also at the swamp Mar 23 were 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 RED-
SHOULDERED HAWKS, and BARRED OWL.
Hunterdon County reports this week were of LONG-TAILED DUCK at Round
Valley Reservoir; RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS,
ICELAND GULL, and a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Spruce Run
Reservoir, all Mar 20-22. An immature ICELAND GULL and 12 LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at Spruce Run Mar 26.
A first-year "Nelson's Gull" (hybrid HERRING GULL X GLAUCOUS GULL)
was found at South Amboy Mar 20.
The COMMON TEAL was seen again at the 4th pond at Lake Takanassee Mar
21. In western Monmouth County a RED-THROATED LOON was found on Lake
Assunpink Mar 21.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Mercer County Park Northwest (the pole
farm) Mar 22.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found along Rte 72 at Cedar Bonnet Island Mar
Barnegat Light State Park hosted a female COMMON EIDER, 30 HARLEQUIN
DUCKS, RED-NECKED GREBE, PIPING PLOVER, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS Mar
23. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were there Mar 21.
Brigantine NWR continued to host 2-9 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the
pines near the refuge headquarters through Mar 21. Other birds noted
at Brig this week included 2 REDHEADS and 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 19;
a NORTHERN BOBWHITE was seen along the upland portion of the wildlife
drive and an early WILLET was detected Mar 21.
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings
AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.