This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, March 06,
2003 with reports of PACIFIC LOON, RED-NECKED GREBES, GREATER
WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSS'S GOOSE, EURASIAN WIGEON, KING EIDER,
HARLEQUIN DUCKS, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, LONG-BILLED
CURLEW, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS
GULL, GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER,
HORNED LARKS, WESTERN TANAGER, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, YELLOW-HEADED
BLACKBIRD, pelagic trip information and seasonal and local reports of
If you haven't noticed we've been invaded by RED-NECKED GREBES. From
Hudson County to Cape May, up the Delaware River to Frenchtown, on
most every large reservoir or lake and several rivers. Red-necked
Grebes are everywhere. An incredible 78 were tallied on the Delaware
River from Bordentown to the Commodore Barry Bridge Mar. 1, including
19 at Palmyra. On the Delaware, 29 were across from Glen Foerd, PA.
Feb. 28, 30 from Manasquan Inlet to Long Branch Mar. 1, 10+ Florence,
Mar. 5, 10 Allenhurst and Deal area Mar. 5, 9 Liberty SP Mar. 1 and 9
from Morgan to Atlantic Highlands Mar. 1, just to name a few of the
A PACIFIC LOON was discovered off Spier Avenue in Allenhurst, Mar. 1
and remained until Mar. 4 (DeLorme P. 45, K-19). Two WHITE-FRONTED
GEESE were observed in a large flock of Canada's at Moorestown along
Centerton Road, Feb. 27 (DeLorme P.47, L-21-22). Merrill Creek
Reservoir, which is now open to the public hosted a ROSS'S GOOSE Mar.3.
The Marconi Road at Shark River Estuary EURASIAN WIGEON was still
present Mar. 1, while a first year drake KING EIDER was discovered at
Barnegat Light Mar. 2. Barnegat Light is currently home to 30
HARLEQUIN DUCKS, while a hen Harlequin was located at Manasquan Inlet
Mar. 1. The hen BARROW'S GOLDENEYE continues at Battery Kingman and
Mills on Sandy Hook as of Mar. 4, while Raritan Bay continues as a
pre-migration staging area for thousands of waterfowl, quite a
An immature NORTHERN GOSHAWK was discovered near Assunpink WMA Mar. 1.
The intrepid LONG-BILLED CURLEW in Wildwood was last seen at the west
end of 19th Avenue Mar. 1.
A LITTLE GULL at Lake Takanassee in Long Branch was an excellent
discovery Mar. 1, while the TUFTED DUCK there went unreported this
week. Individual immature ICELAND GULLS were recorded at Lake Como,
Deal Lake, Lake Takanassee, and at Phillips Avenue, Deal Mar. 1, at
North Beach on Sandy Hook Mar. 4 and two at Florence Mar. 5. Florence
was host to 15 to 20 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar. 5, while
individuals were also recorded at Deal Lake Mar. 1 and North Beach at
Sandy Hook Mar. 4.
An adult GLAUCOUS-WINGED GULL was reported from Florence Mar. 1, but
despite active searching has not been relocated. If approved by the
NJBRC, this would be a first state record. An influx of GLAUCOUS GULLS
occurred this week with an adult at Florence Mar. 4, two immatures
there Mar. 5, at North Beach at Sandy Hook Mar. 4 and Barnegat Light
Mar. 5. Single immatures were also observed at Pullman Avenue in
Elberon Mar. 2 and at Manasquan Inlet Mar. 3.
A SHORT-EARED OWL appeared at Cedar Run Dock Road Mar. 2 and an adult
RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered at Bedminster, near the
intersection of Schoolhouse Lane and Pottersville Road Feb. 28.
The Great Swamp NWR NORTHERN SHRIKE continues, last observed Mar. 1
along the tree line in front of the heron rookery as viewed from the
gazebo parking area on Pleasant Plains Road. Liberty SP hosted 34
HORNED LARKS Mar. 2, while a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was present in the
HORNED LARK flock this week at Alpha.
The Shark River Hills WESTERN TANAGER continues to entertain dozens of
birders as of Mar. 5, with early morning and late afternoon fairly
reliable for viewing. The address is 226 Highland Avenue.
An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was extracted from a large
blackbird flock near the intersection of Compromise Road and Rt. 45
Mar. 2 (DeLorme P. 61, G-19).
See Life Paulagics has a number of upcoming trips. The Cape May, NJ
pelagic has been re-scheduled for March 9 and has some spaces
available. Reservations are now being accepted for the April 26
Belmar, NJ trip. For more information or to make a reservation,
contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or check out their web site
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in
NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review
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