Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/6/2008
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 Mar 1-4.

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) Mar 2.


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.

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