This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 4, 2010 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, SPOTTED TOWHEE, NORTHERN SHRIKE, SANDHILL CRANES, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A PACIFIC LOON was photographed off Spring Lake Feb 28 and remained through Mar 1. The bird was seen in the ocean off the Essex Hotel and from the pavilion at Ocean & Massachusetts Ave. Other north shore reports this week included an adult GLAUCOUS GULL at Silver Lake in Belmar Feb 26-27, a third-cycle Glaucous Gull at the beach south of Manasquan Inlet Feb 28, and first-cycle Glaucous Gulls at Marine Place in Deal Feb 28 and Shark River Inlet Mar 2. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was at Shark River Inlet Mar 2. Three hundred BLACK SCOTERS and 12 COMMON EIDERS were off Marine Place in Deal Feb 28. Five large alcid sp. were off Spring Lake Mar 1.
The female SPOTTED TOWHEE was seen as recently as Mar 1 at "the big pit" at Palmyra Cove.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE remains along Disposal Rd at DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst through Mar 2. A COMMON MOORHEN was noted at Kearny Marsh this week.
Two SANDHILL CRANES were viewed on ice-covered Osborne's Mill Pond in Wall Twp Feb 27--Mar 4. They were also seen in a farm field along nearby New Bedford Rd between 18th Ave and Wall Church Rd on Mar 2 and off nearby Bentz Rd on Mar 3-4; early or late in the day may be the best times to look.
A belated report was received of 3 SANDHILL CRANES along Randolph Rd in Somerset Feb 24.
Sandy Hook reports this week included 20 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS and 5 COMMON EIDERS off B-lot, 5 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a calling BARRED OWL along Raccoon Alley, 20 HORNED LARKS, WINTER WREN, 5 FOX SPARROWS, and 2 SNOW BUNTINGS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
An ICELAND GULL was noted at South Amboy Feb 27.
At least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the wetland restoration site off Omar Ave in the Avenel section of Woodbridge through Feb 26. Another RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Glenhurst Meadows in Warren Mar 4.
A drake REDHEAD was seen at Lake Assunpink Feb 27.
A LAPLAND LONGSPUR was found along Oberly Rd at the Alpha Grasslands Feb 27 & Mar 4 along with 30 HORNED LARKS and 10 SNOW BUNTINGS.
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