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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/6/2014
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, March 6, 2014 with reports of ROSS'S GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD , KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, SANDHILL CRANE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, DOVEKIE, SNOWY OWL, BARRED OWL, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, TREE SWALLOW, MARSH WREN, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SMITH'S LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.

Sandy Hook March 5 was home to a SNOWY OWL, a GLAUCOUS GULL and a BARRED OWL, while another SNOWY OWL was found on the beach at Deal Mar. 2, and two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were observed on Deal Lake Mar. 1, and one at Sylvan Lake in Bradley Beach Mar. 2.

Three EURASIAN WIGEON were present at Shark River Estuary March 2 along with five REDHEADS and a SNOWY OWL. A GOLDEN EAGLE was observed flying over Wreck Pond in Spring Lake Mar. 1 and three ICELAND GULLS were discovered at the end of New York Ave. in Sea Girt Mar. 1. Manasquan Inlet produced a RED-NECKED GREBE Mar. 1 and 3, while a dead DOVEKIE was discovered at Lavallette and given to Cattus Island Center for study.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR birds included: a SNOWY OWL Mar. 2, one Feb. 27 and two EURASIAN WIGEON along with a Golden Eagle, March 1. Mott's Creek at the refuge had two RED-NECKED GREBES Mar. 1, while Lakes Bay in Atlantic City had another the same day. A dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and 14 TUNDRA SWANS were tallied at the Franklin Parker Preserve near Chatsworth Mar. 1.

Three SNOWY OWLS were still present at Holgate and two at Island Beach SP Mar. 1, while individuals were observed at Cattus Island Mar. 2 and at Stafford Avenue (Bridge to Nowhere) Mar. 5. Stafford Forge WMA Mar. 4 had 46 TUNDRA SWANS and a RED-SHOULDERED HAWK.

Two KING EIDER, 10 COMMON EIDER, a dozen HARLEQUIN DUCKS, and 20 PURPLE SANDPIPERS were present at Barnegat Light SP Mar. 1. Toms River Riverfront Landing had 38 CANVASBACK present Mar. 1, while two PINE WARBLERS were present at a feeder in Whiting Mar. 2-5. Scarce this winter, a PINE SISKIN was discovered at Collier's Mill WMA Mar. 4.

A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered in Bellmawr near Vaughn Ave. Mar. 1. Red Bank Battlefield in National Park had 34 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 80 Canvasback Mar. 2-5 and, two LONG-TAILED DUCKS and a RED-NECKED GREBE Mar. 5. Two REDHEADS, 160 CANVASBACK, and a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER were observed at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson Mar. 1, while Riverwinds/West Deptford .boat ramp Mar. 2 had 30 WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and two LONG-TAILED DUCKS. There were 36 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS at Bordentown Beach Feb. 27-28, a RED-NECKED GREBE at Malaga Lake in Malaga Mar. 2 and a PINE WARBLER in Blackwood Mar. 2-3.

A LAPLAND LONGSPUR visited the Pole Farm along Grier's Lane in Pole Tavern Mar. 4 and a male BREWER'S BLACKBIRD was at Featherbed Lane in Salem Feb. 28. A ROSS'S GOOSE was reported along Acton Road in Mannington Mar. 2 and a GOLDEN EAGLE was observed at the Pedricktown Bridge Feb. 28

The third State record SMITH'S LONGSPUR continues at Stone Harbor Point as of Mar. 5 and a probably NJ record count of 3,500 to 4,000 RING-NECKED DUCKS were tallied in Mauricetown on Sandpit Road Mar. 4.

The Wallkill River NWR Mar. 2 was home to five ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and five SHORT-EARED OWLS, while two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted in Fredon Twp Feb. 28.

Two SNOWY OWLS were seen along the Disposal Road in the NJ Meadowlands-DeKorte Mar. 1-2 and one along the Valley Brook Avenue in Lyndhurst Mar. 4. Ocean Terminal-Peninsula in Bayonne Mar. 2 had a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and three RED-NECKED GREBES, while another of the grebes was found at Liberty SP Mar. 1. A MARSH WREN was reported at the Teaneck Conservancy Mar. 2 and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER in Harrington Park Mar. 3. Three more RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied in Troy Meadows near the old trap shooting location Feb. 28.

The Great Swamp NWR had a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK light morph Mar. 2 and a BARRED OWL Mar. 6, while Clyde Potts Reservoir in Mendham Mar. 1 produced a RED-NECKED GREBE.

RED-NECKED GREBES totaling 14 were noted at Round Valley Reservoir March 4, along with a LONG-TAILED DUCK. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered at Assiscong Marsh Feb. 28 in Flemington, while a GOLDEN EAGLE was tallied at Oberly Road in Alpha the same day. McCann Road in Tewksbury and Wickecheoke Preserve near Pittstown both had RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS Feb. 28 and Mar. 1 respectively. Four early TREE SWALLOWS visited Frenchtown Mar. 4.

A single BARNACLE GOOSE was present along Concord Street, Cranford Mar. 2, Rahway River Park Mar. 3-5 and another one at Jackson Pond in Clark Mar. 5. A COMMON RAVEN was observed Feb. 27 at the Edison Boat Launch and an ICELAND GULL at Johnson Park in Piscataway Mar. 1.

Four RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted at the Ernst L. Oros Wildlife Park in Woodbridge Mar. 1, while one was present in Warinanco Park in Roselle Feb. 28 and Mar. 3 and one at Linden Hawk Rise Mar. 2, along with a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK the same day and 17 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar. 4. Marciante-Jackson Miller Park in Elizabeth was home to a EURASIAN WIGEON Feb. 28 and Mar. 4, and a RED-NECKED GREBE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Mar. 2. Alalanta Plaza in Elizabeth produced three RED-NECKED GREBES Mar. 2 and a EURASIAN WIGEON Mar. 3, while Arthur Kill Park also in Elizabeth had a EURASIAN WIGEON and a RED-NECKED GREBE Mar. 1.

The D & R Canal Towpath in Franklin was home as many as 78 COMMON GOLDENEYE and a REDHEAD Mar. 1-5, while a CANVASBACK visited Duke Island Park in Bridgewater Mar. 3. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed at Duke Farms in Hillsborough Feb. 27 to Mar. 1 with one to two ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS were noted at the Mercer Sod Farms Feb. 27 to Mar. 3.

The Randolph Road SANDHILL CRANES in Somerset returned Mar. 5, three perhaps the same birds visited Hillsborough near the Millstone River the same day.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting

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