Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/5/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 5, 2009 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, EARED GREBE, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, BOHEMIAN WAXWING, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The BARNACLE GOOSE was last reported Feb 27 at Warinanco Park.

A BLACK BRANT was found among 200+ "pale-bellied" Brant on the athletic fields at South Amboy Waterfront Park Feb 28.

Nearby an EARED GREBE was detected at the mouth of Matawan Creek in Keyport Feb 28- Mar 1; look for the bird near the fishing pier behind the post office. More information about birding here and at South Amboy can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html

Sandy Hook's BOHEMIAN WAXWING was observed again at the south end of the Gunnison Parking Lot Feb 28 among a flock of AMERICAN ROBINS and CEDAR WAXWINGS. The bird was found at the scout camp Mar 4. At least one female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues in Horseshoe Cove at the hook through Mar 4. To look for the bird pass the ranger station and park in the small median lot opposite the south maintenance area, walk north and take the gated service road west to the bay: the Goldeneye flock is usually here. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The EARED GREBE reappeared at Round Valley Reservoir near the boat launch Mar 4. Also there this week were LONG-TAILED DUCK, a female WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED-NECKED GREBE. Also in Hunterdon County were 2 first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULLS off the fishing pier at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 1.

A flock of 30 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were detected at Allamuchy State Park in Sussex County Feb 28-1 Mar. The birds were found in tall Norway spruces about 1200 feet north of the wooden gate at the Waterloo Trailhead. Possibly the same flock was found along Rte 517 in tall spruces near the "Welcome to Sussex County" sign this week. Also in Sussex County was a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK near Winding Brook Farm on Rte 565 in Frankford Twp Mar 4.

Seven WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS continued to frequent the hemlocks at the Ringwood Manor Parking lot Feb 27. Six were found in the spruce trees there Mar 3.

Six WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted at New Jersey Audubon's Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes Mar 4.

Two WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS were noted at the intersection of 7th Street & Kennedy Blvd in Bayonne Feb 27. At nearby Liberty State Park a drake Eurasian Wigeon was noted Feb 28.

An ICELAND GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL (both first-cycle) were found on Lake Hopatcong Mar 1.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted at Great Swamp NWR Feb 28-Mar 1; seen northwest of the heron rookery overlook on Pleasant Plains Rd. The NORTHERN SHRIKE was seen around noon in the field south of the overlook parking lot Mar 3.

Gulls noted at Johnson Park in New Brunswick this week included 2 ICELAND GULLS and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

North Shore reports this week included continuing drake COMMON TEAL at the 3rd or 4th ponds on the Lake Takanassee complex though Mar 4 and the drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver Lake in Belmar Feb 28. A pair of REDHEAD continues on Lake Como; Shark River Estuary hosted an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and an adult ICELAND GULL Mar 1. Other LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were off Roosevelt Ave in Deal Mar 1 and Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach Mar 4. More information about birding the north shore can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/Northshore.html

Five REDHEADS were found at the Oceanic Bridge in Middletown Mar 4.

Two SHORT-EARED OWLS were hunting the fields at Big Brook Park in Marlboro Feb 28. At Thompson Park in Lincroft 3 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS visited a bird feeder at park headquarters Mar 3.

Brigantine NWR continued to host 3-5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS through Mar 5 in the black pines adjacent to the HQ parking lot. On Mar 5 the wildlife drive was closed due to the recent snowstorm.

Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS were among 255 HORNED LARKS near the pond on the north side of Rte 40 and Pointers-Auburn Rd in Salem County Mar 3.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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