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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/3/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday March 3, 2005 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, "EURASIAN" GREEN-WINGED TEAL, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, PACIFIC LOON, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, PURPLE SANDPIPER, AMERICAN WOODCOCK, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, PAINTED BUNTING, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN, upcoming pelagic trip reports and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A PACIFIC LOON was discovered Feb. 27 in the inlet at Manasquan Inlet, while a RAZORBILL was tallied their Feb. 26 along with 50+ PURPLE SANDPIPERS. Another RAZORBILL was noted at the end of Great Bay Blvd. in Tuckerton Mar. 1 where a SHORT-EARED OWL was also observed along the causeway the same day.

EURASIAN WIGEON were recorded at several locations including Feb. 26 and 27 at Little Silver Lake in Pt. Pleasant, near Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook Feb. 26 along with a GLAUCOUS GULL, the Sawmill WMA in Kearny Feb. Feb. 28, and in the west pool at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Feb. 26. The "Eurasian" GREEN-WINGED TEAL continues at the back end of Lake Takanassee in Long Branch near Monmouth Univ. with the last report Mar. 1. Female BARROW'S GOLDEN-EYES continue along the Raritan Bayshore with individuals noted at Conaskonk Pt. and Sandy Hook Feb. 27.

ICELAND GULLS were noted at Island Beach SP and at Conaskonk Pt. in Union Beach Feb. 27, while LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake and Shark River Estuary from Marconi Road both Feb. 26. As many as seven LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were tallied at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar. 3.

Other reports from the coastal region include: two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Leed's Point, just north of Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Feb. 26, and one at Sandy Hook Feb. 25. The flock of HARLEQUIN DUCKS continues at Barnegat Light SP, while a small number of PINE SISKINS were visiting the feeders at Huber Woods County Park in Locust Mar. 1.

The male PAINTED BUNTING in Erma continues with the last report Feb. 27. For more information contact the Cape May Birding Hotline at 609-898-BIRD.

A total of 375 RUDDY DUCKS were noted at Mehrhof Pond (BCUA plant in Little Ferry) Feb. 28. Access there may require permission. Unusual were five GREAT CORMORANTS on the Hackensack River at Laurel Hill County Park Feb. 28. A dozen SNOW BUNTINGS were discovered Mar. 2 at Liberty State Park and a SHORT-EARED OWL at dusk along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp NWR Mar. 1. A small group of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were observed along Lees Hill Road in New Vernon, Feb. 27.

There are now three NORTHERN SHRIKES present in a less than five mile area in Sussex County. The Layton bird at the intersection of Route's 615 and 640 continues as of Feb. 26, while others were discovered Feb. 28 about 200 yards north of the Van Campen Inn on the Old Mine Road in Sandyston and another was a mile west of Peter's Valley. The Van Campen Inn site produced a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and a GOLDEN EAGLE earlier in the week.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed along the Liberty Loop of the Wallkill River NWR Feb. 26 and 100 HORNED LARKS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR were tallied in the Green Twp. near the Trinca Airport (DeLorme P.23, I-28) Feb. 28. Tranquility at the intersection of Routes 517 and 611 hosted 50+ HORNED LARKS, two SNOW BUNTINGS and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR Mar. 3 (DeLorme P.23, K-27)

Single COMMON REDPOLLS visited Feeders at Lake Stockholm Feb. 28 and Clinton Road in West Milford Mar. 2. Huge flocks of SNOW GEESE were reported in Changewater Feb. 26 and 27 before the last snowfall, while Merrill Creek Res. is home to over 40,000 more.

Spring is coming as AMERICAN WOODCOCKS have begun their spring displaying flights with reports from Hunterdon County and Sandy Hook.

Due to two cancellations there is still space on the Sunday, March 6 See Life Paulagic's pelagic trip out of Cape May. They are sponsoring another pelagic out of Belmar Saturday, April 23 for more information on both, please call 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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