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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday March 6, 2013 with reports of BARNACLE GOOSE, PACIFIC LOON, WESTERN GREBE, NORTHERN LAPWING, RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD, CRESTED CARACARA, EURASIAN WIGEON, SNOWY OWL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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The BARNACLE GOOSE continues at Lincoln Park West in Jersey City through Mar 2.
The PACIFIC LOON made another appearance along the north shore Mar 2, this time at close range off Roosevelt Ave. The WESTERN GREBE was seen again just north of the Monmouth Beach Cultural Center the same day. Other birds noted Mar 2 along the north shore included 22 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS off Sea Bright, 1000+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS off Monmouth Beach, and a RED-NECKED GREBE off Pullman Ave in Elberon. More information about birding this area can be viewed here:
Three NORTHERN LAPWINGS continue through Mar 5 in the farm pasture in New Egypt, Ocean County. The birds were in the field on the north side of Big Woods Rd (also labeled as Brynmore Rd on some maps) just east of the intersection with Inman Rd. For GPS devices, use 143 Brynmore Rd as an address to find the location. Look for the lapwings at the back edge of the fenced cattle pasture. Please note that this is an active farm: birders should always yield to farm equipment and try to pull as far to the road shoulders as possible. While the road is public, all the land in this area is PRIVATE and no trespassing is allowed.
The RUFOUS/ALLEN'S HUMMINGBIRD continues at Palmyra Cove Nature Park through Mar 3. The bird frequents the feeder to the left of the visitor center entrance.
The Salem County CRESTED CARACARA was seen again along Compromise Rd, Mannington Twp Mar 5. The bird was eating roadkill with several vultures. Other nearby reports included a ROSS'S GOOSE at Featherbed Lane near Sharptown and at Mannington Marsh were large numbers of dabbling ducks, GREAT EGRET, 4 WINTER WRENS, 2 BROWN THRASHERS, and 3 PURPLE FINCHES; all Mar 2. Two SANDHILL CRANES continue at Mannington Marsh this week.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON and a GOLDEN EAGLE were noted this week at the Corbin City unit of McNamara WMA in Atlantic County.
A SNOWY OWL was found along the jetty at Barnegat Light State Park Mar 1. RAZORBILL, RED KNOT, a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL, and 6 SNOW BUNTINGS were noted there Mar 2.
A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Stafford Ave (aka "bridge to nowhere") in Manahawkin Mar 5.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Iona Lake near Malaga, Gloucester County Mar 4-6.
A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was noted at the Riverton Yacht Club Mar 3-5. A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was found there Mar 5. Another WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was just upriver at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Mar 3. Also there were 2 HORNED GREBES, 10 GREAT CORMORANTS, and 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Also in Burlington County were 97 Tundra Swans at Whitesbog Mar 3.
Two COMMON REDPOLLS continued at the feeders at Manasquan Reservoir Environmental Center through Mar 2.
Middlesex County reports this week included a continuing flock of 10 REDHEADS and 30+ CANVASBACKS on Majors Pond, 3 CACKLING GEESE at Kennedy Park, and a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK at Sayreville Marsh; all Mar 3. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE continues at North Circle Drive in Piscataway through Mar 3.
Lenape Park in Cranford hosted RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, BALD EAGLE, and PILEATED WOODPECKER Mar 4.
Duke Island Park in Bridgewater had a GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE through Mar 4.
A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was detected along Opie Rd in Branchburg Mar 1.
A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in a large blackbird flock along Hill & Dale Rd off Rte 517 in Oldwick Twp Mar 2.
Spruce Run Reservoir sightings this week included RED-THROATED LOON, an impressive 222 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar 1, a first-cycle ICELAND GULL through Mar 3, and up to 5 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS near the fishing pier through Mar 2.
Two GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE continue at Assiscong Marsh near Flemington through Mar 4.
Morris County sightings included 7 REDHEADS on Lake Parsippany through Mar 1, a first-cycle ICELAND GULL at Mount Hope Pond Mar 1-2, and at Budd Lake 2 CACKLING GEESE, 5 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and a first-cycle GLAUCOUS GULL Mar 2-4. The GLAUCOUS GULL seems to spend afternoons at the municipal beach at the south end of the lake.
A first-cycle ICELAND GULL was at Liberty State Park Mar 3. In nearby Newark Bay 11 RED-THROATED LOONS and 42 CANVASBACKS were noted the same day.
An adult GOLDEN EAGLE was noted over Van Campens Inn along Old Mine Rd Mar 3.
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