Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/3/2011
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 3, 2011 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ROSS'S GEESE, SANDHILL CRANE, RAZORBILL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, RED CROSSBILL, COMMON REDPOLL, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (2 females & 1 male) were discovered in Salem County Feb 27. The birds were found on Rte 40 across from the Cowtown rodeo. On Feb 28 the birds were observed at a horse pasture on nearby Sharptown-Auburn Rd north of Rte 40 and south of Featherbed Lane. Other notable birds in Salem County this week were CACKLING GOOSE at Sunset Lane at Mannington Marsh, single ROSS'S GEESE at County Home Rd near Sharptown Feb 26 (DeLorme P. 61, E/F-15), and another off King's Highway between Salem and Mannington Marsh Feb 27, 3 SANDHILL CRANES at the Rte 45 crossing of Mannington Marsh, and single YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS off Compromise Rd Feb 26 and Sharptown-Auburn Rd Feb 27.

Brigantine NWR had an excellent tally of 10 SHORT-EARED OWLS Feb 27 along with 70+ TUNDRA SWANS, 250 CANVASBACKS, and BARRED OWL along the upland portion of wildlife drive. Also in Atlantic County were 2 HARLEQUIN DUCKS at the Longport jetty and 4 MARBLED GODWITS and 63 "Western" WILLETS at the south end of Brigantine Island, all Feb 27.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included over 1,000 BLACK SCOTERS, 10 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and an adult ICELAND GULL off B-lot Feb 26; a TREE SWALLOW over north beach, and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Two NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWLS were detected on the night of Feb 27 near the scout camp. A flock of 20+ COMMON REDPOLLS were found at Plum Island Feb 26-27 and flocks of 5+ were seen this weekend at south pond and north beach. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Up to 7 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continue this week through Mar 2 at Seven Presidents. Two RED CROSSBILLS have appeared sporadically there through Feb 27 as well. The birds are often found in the pines on the north side of the main entrance opposite the Lighthouse Ice Cream stand. They have also been seen in the large stand of pines by the maintenance yard. Please DO NOT enter the maintenance yard-- you can view them better from the road outside of the yard.

Other North Shore sightings included 2 RED-NECKED GREBES and 35-40 RAZORBILLS off the Sea Bright municipal beach and another RED-NECKED GREBE off Little Monmouth, all Feb 27. Five RAZORBILLS were off Phillips Ave in Deal Feb 26. A GLAUCOUS GULL was seen Feb 26-27 off Clem Conover and Roosevelt Ave in Deal. First-cycle ICELAND GULLS were noted this week at Allenhurst, Deal Lake, and Lake Como. An adult ICELAND GULL was noted on Deal Lake Feb 28.

More info about birding the Northern north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/GuidetoBirdingtheNorthernNorthShore.aspx

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was found at the east end of Lake Assunpink Feb 27.

Two ROSS'S GEESE continued this week with a CANADA GOOSE flock at Shelter Cove Park in Toms River through Feb 27.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Glenhurst Meadows this week, usually seen from the garden parking lot next to the silo.

The first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULL continues in the bay off Houlihan's Restaurant in Bayonne through Mar 2.

Twenty-three COMMON REDPOLLS were tallied at Overpeck Creek Park Mar 2.

Sussex County reports this week included 6 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and a SHORT-EARED OWL at Wallkill River NWR Feb 27; several TUNDRA SWANS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on Lake Musconetcong Feb 27-28; a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE on the Pequest River in Tranquility Mar 3, and 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL at the Sussex County Landfill Feb 26. The gulls were seen from the small triangular intersection about 100 feet in from Rte 94. On weekdays birders must sign in on the 2nd floor of the county landfill administration building and bird from the hill by the triangle.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: An 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 begins March 15; 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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