This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday March 4, 2015 with reports of BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, GYRFALCON, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, PAINTED BUNTING, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE was seen again Mar 3 in the Delaware River in Warren County, viewed from the Columbia-Portland Footbridge. Also there were 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS. Additional Warren County reports were of 30 COMMON REDPOLLS along Old Mine Rd Feb 28 and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR at Shades of Death Road in Allamuchy Feb 27.
An immature GYRFALCON was observed at Sandy Hook Feb 28 near Spermaceti Cove. The Bohemian Waxwing continues at Sandy Hook through Feb 28???the bird was seen early in the morning at the scout camp and near the entrance to Gunnison Beach that afternoon. Other birds found at the hook this week included an immature male HARLEQUIN DUCK in the massive scoter/scaup/Long-tailed Duck flock off the false hook, 7 RED-NECKED GREBES, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, 2 GLAUCOUS GULLS (one first-cycle, one adult), the continuing VESPER SPARROW at the north end of B-lot, and COMMON REDPOLL.
One BOHEMIAN WAXWING was still being seen at Island Beach State Park near lot A-3 Feb 27.
The male PAINTED BUNTING continues to visit a feeder in Andover Borough, Sussex County through Mar 1. The homeowners have asked that anyone who wants to see the bird do so from the Sussex Branch Trail, which runs right along the back edge of their yard. From "downtown" Andover on Route 206 turn on Smith Street at the light in the center of town. There is parking at Borough Hall on the left. Cross Smith St and walk 3/10 of a mile north on the Sussex Branch Trail. You will come to a green house on the right side of the trail with 2 large white pines in the yard. The house is directly across Route 206 from Jensen's Service Center. The bird comes to a feeder hanging on the side porch and rarely feeds on the ground. It comes and goes with a flock of juncos and white-throats and is very skittish.
Hudson County sightings this week were of ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GLAUCOUS GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, and SHORT-EARED OWL at Ocean Terminal; a RED-NECKED GREBE at Steven Gregg Park in Bayonne, and 2 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus.
A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was seen at Hatfield Swamp this week.
Four ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were found at Negri-Nepote Grasslands Mar 3. Also in Somerset County were 2 REDHEADS at Duke Island Park and 3 SANDHILL CRANES along Weston Canal Rd in Franklin Twp Feb 28.
Arthur Kill Park in Elizabeth hosted 5 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED-NECKED GREBE.
The continuing drake EURASIAN WIGEON and four RED-NECKED GREBES were seen off Front Street in Perth Amboy Mar 1. Across the bay at South Amboy, 11 RED-NECKED GREBES, an adult BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were found Mar 3.
North Shore sightings this week included a drake EURASIAN WIGEON and 7 REDHEADS at Shark River Estuary, an adult GLAUCOUS GULL off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Mar 1, and up to 5 RED-NECKED GREBES at Manasquan Inlet. Also in Monmouth County was a ROSS'S GOOSE at Reed Sod Farm on Herbert Road near Assunpink WMA Mar 2.
Barnegat Lighthouse State Park had 300 COMMON EIDERS, 2 KING EIDERS (one hen, one immature male), and an adult ICELAND GULL Mar 1. Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were found at the end of Stafford Ave in Manahawkin WMA.
A SNOWY OWL was seen this week at Forsythe NWR (Brigantine). At nearby Motts Creek, 4 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted Mar 1.
The Scenic Overlook on Rte 295 in Mercer County had 3 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, SURF SCOTER, and REDHEAD Feb 28.
Burlington County reports included a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along Chairville Rd west of Rte 206, a RED-NECKED GREBE at Fieldsboro, and 3 ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS at the Mercer Sod Farm.
Featherbed Lane near Sharptown, Salem County had a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a LAPLAND LONGSPUR this week.
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