This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 6, 2008 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, WESTERN GREBE,
BOHEMIAN WAXWING, TOWNSEND'S SOLITAIRE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, SNOWY OWL,
EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest, and
announcements. Most locations mentioned in the VONJAS can be found in
Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at NJ
Audubon center bookstores.
A WESTERN GREBE was a one-afternoon wonder at Sandy Hook Feb 29,
viewed in the ocean off the fee plaza. Up to 3 BOHEMIAN WAXWINGS
continue at the hook through March 4, most often found around the Boy
Scout Camp parking lot or just north of there along the bike path, or
around the perimeter of the Gunnison Parking lot. The TOWNSEND'S
SOLITAIRE is still present through Mar 6 and found at the east end of
Randolph Dr north of the scout camp. Other reports from the hook this
week included 20+ displaying AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, 5 RED-SHOULDERED
HAWKS, a BARRED OWL calling near the scout camp, and a large alcid
species off c-lot. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is
available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Five BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (3 males/2 females) were found again along
West Supawna Rd/Freas Rd in Pennsville, Salem County Mar 1-2 (DeLorme
P. 60, H-13). Other Salem County sightings this week were of a ROSS'S
GOOSE among a huge SNOW GOOSE flock along Pointer's-Auburn Rd near
Sharptown Mar 2.
The Califon BARNACLE GOOSE was still present Mar 1, seen in a field
off Trimmer Rd and Rte 513. Other Hunterdon County reports this week
included a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE along River Road near Assicong
Marsh Mar 2; 11 REDHEADS and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Round Valley
Reservoir; WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and GLAUCOUS GULL at Spruce Run
Reservoir. Further west along the Rte 78 corridor, a LAPLAND LONGSPUR
was detected along Oberly Road near Alpha, Warren County Mar 3.
A SNOWY OWL was discovered Mar 2-3 roosting on the beach at Caven Cove
in Hudson County and later seen on the nearby jetty.
Wallkill River NWR's Oil City Rd area hosted 6+ ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and
6+ SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 1. Also in Sussex County this week was a
NORTHERN SHRIKE at Paulinskill WMA near the bridge along Parsons Rd
and 11 REDHEADS at Swartswood Lake, both Mar 1. The NORTHERN SHRIKE
was seen again Feb 29 south of Layton in Flatbrook-Roy WMA. Look for
the bird near the junction of Rtes 615 and 640 (DeLorme P. 18, J-9).
40 REDHEADS made for an excellent count at Mount Hope Lake in Morris
County, viewed off Evermont Ave Mar 2.
North Shore reports this week were of the EURASIAN WIGEON at Silver
Lake in Belmar, a CACKLING GOOSE, REDHEAD, and RED-NECKED GREBE at
Lake Como, single LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on Wreck Pond and Deal
Lake, and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL off Roosevelt Ave in Deal, all
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON remains at Brigantine NWR through Mar 2, seen
off the north dike in Perch Cove; also there Feb 29 were ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK and GOLDEN EAGLE off the north dike.
Two COMMON REDPOLLS were still visiting the feeders at NJAS's
Plainsboro Preserve through Mar 1. Other Common Redpoll reports this
week were of 6-10 at Mercer County Park, viewed along the southwest
shore of the lake near the shelter Feb 29, 2 at NJAS's Weis Ecology
Center Mar 4, and 4 along the Henry Hudson bike path at Natco Lake Mar
5. For more information on birding the latter site see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO/RaritanBirding.html
Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were found at Six Mile Run Preserve in
Franklin Twp Mar 3. The birds were seen on the Blackwell's Mill Trail
south of the park headquarters.
At Trenton Marsh 8-12 REDHEADS were seen Mar 28. Also in Mercer County
was a SHORT-EARED OWL at the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park Northwest)
See Life Paulagics will run a pelagic trip out of Cape May on Sunday
Mar 16 in for winter seabirds. Trip runs from 6:00 am to 6:00 pm. For
more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation
of Review List Species(photos, field sketches, and/or written
documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.