Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/31/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 31, 2005 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, WILSON'S PLOVER, LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE continued this week through at least Mar 31 at Big Brook Park in Marlboro. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about a mile to a T intersection and a collapsed barn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the fields east and south of the T.

A WILSON'S PLOVER was photographed at the southern tip of Holgate on Long Beach Island Mar 26; please report any further sightings of this bird.

A first-winter male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was found in Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook Mar 26; no reports since. A GLAUCOUS GULL was found at Horseshoe Cove Mar 31 and the first PURPLE MARTIN of the season was noted the same day. Two drake EURASIAN WIGEONS were in Spermaceti Cove Mar 27. Other migrants at the hook this week included 2 BLACK VULTURES and RED-SHOULDERED HAWK. Over 100 EASTERN PHOEBES and 2 arrivng PIPING PLOVERS were noted Mar 31.

An early pair of YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS was discovered on Lake Takanassee Mar 30. Also in Monmouth County at Allaire State Park were BARRED OWL and two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS near the outhouse in the picnic area Mar 30.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were found in the Delaware River at Palmyra Mar 30.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS remain in the Great Swamp NWR through Mar 27. One is often near the speed bump on Pleasant Plains Rd and the other is near the heron rookery, where an AMERICAN BITTERN was noted the same day.

Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 26 hosted an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL. Also in Hunterdon County at Round Valley Reservoir was a RED-NECKED GREBE along the south dam Mar 29.

Merrill Creek Reservoir still has thousands of CANADA GEESE and SNOW GEESE. The BARNACLE GOOSE (origin unknown) was among them Mar 29, viewed from the tower outlet. Also there were 2 CACKLING GEESE and a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE the same day.

Two COMMON RAVENS were found over Skyline Drive in the Ramapo Mountains Mar 26.

The Allendale Celery Farm had a very early CLIFF SWALLOW Mar 29 and a vanguard NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW the same day. Also noted there this week were a variety of waterfowl, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.


See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com

An overnight pelagic is scheduled out of Barnegat Light May 21-22; cost is $119. Contact font@focusonnature.com or call 1-800-721-9986

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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