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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/4/2004
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, March 4, 2004 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, TUNDRA SWAN, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, SHORT-EARED OWL, NORTHERN SHRIKE, HORNED LARK, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, SNOW BUNTING, COMMON REDPOLL, PINE SISKIN, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING reappeared at Sandy Hook on March 3 and continues March 4. The bird is present in a loose mixed flock of CEDAR WAXWINGS and AMERICAN ROBINS working the area north of the Boy Scout camp along the new bike path and near the water treatment building. Park in the Boy Scout Camp lot opposite the Horseshoe Cove boardwalk and walk north along the bike path and then up Randolph Road on the right. The flock does disappear for periods at a time, but seems to return to that area during the last two days.

A RAZORBILL was still present at Manasquan Inlet Feb. 28-29 and another was noted at Shark River Inlet March 1. The female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues in Horseshoe Cove at Sandy Hook and last seen Feb. 29. Mannington Marsh was home to 58 TUNDRA SWANS Feb. 28, while Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR had 20+ Feb. 29 and Stafford Forge ten March 1. A COMMON EIDER, 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS and two RED-NECKED GREBES were present at Barnegat Light Feb. 28-29, along with a few remaining SNOW BUNTINGS and HORNED LARKS. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed at Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Feb. 28.

The NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared at the dogleg on Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp Feb. 29 and is best looked for late in the day. As many as four SHORT-EARED OWLS are present at the Wallkill River NWR as of Feb. 29 and three were noted at Mott's Creek about three miles north of Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Feb. 29. Single ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were tallied at the Wallkill River NWR and Wantage Feb. 29 and at Mannington Marsh Feb. 28.

A COMMON REDPOLL was present at an Independence feeder from Feb. 26-29 and another was at a feeder in Sparta, March 2, while 15 PINE SISKIN were noted along Union Valley Road in West Milford, March 1 and 20 at the Weis Ecology Center in Ringwood March 4.

The warm weather has generated an interest in birding again and consequently many reports including movements of AMERICAN WOODCOCK (displaying), RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HERMIT THRUSH, EASTERN BLUEBIRD, PINE WARBLER, EASTERN TOWHEE, FOX SPARROW, RED-WINGED BLACKBIRD, COMMON GRACKLES, PURPLE FINCH and AMERICAN GOLDFINCH.

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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