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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/6/2003
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 interest.

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 regional highs.

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 spectacle.

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 at http://www.paulagics.com

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

 
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