Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/7/2000
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday March 7 with reports of Review List TUFTED DUCK, ROSS'S GOOSE, PUFFIN and BARROW'S GOLDENEYE; and other reports of NORTHERN SHRIKE, EURASIAN WIGEON, RAZORBILL, FULMAR, local and seasonal reports and exotics.

The female TUFTED DUCK was still on Old Sam's Pond, Point Pleasant Mar 6. A ROSS'S GOOSE was at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown Mar 4. Two others are in a flock of Snow Geese alternating between Harmony Station Road in Harmony NJ and adjacent Martin's Creek in PA.

A first year male BARROW'S GOLDENEYE seen on the Delaware River at Portland Feb 29 and at Merrill Creek Reservoir was judged by two sets of observers to be different from the males reported last week at Merrill Creek and Yards Creek. Neither of those birds was reported this week. Neither of the previously reported females was seen this week.

The pelagic out of Cape May up to 45 miles Mar 5 had 2 adult ATLANTIC PUFFINS, 17 RAZORBILLS and 3 NORTHERN FULMARS, with only one KITTIWAKE! Note: Birders can ride the offshore fishing trips on Saturdays out of Cape May on the Miss Chris, 5 a.m. to 5 p.m. until the mackerel arrive in early to mid April. Price $45. Contact the Captain at 609-884-3939.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was at Yards Creek Mar 5. The CAPE MAY WARBLER continues in Columbia at the feeder. Great Swamp this week had lots of waterfowl, including 45 HOODED MERGANSERS on Pleasant Plains Road, the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the heronry and a few herons in the rookery. HOODED MERGANSERS were widely reported in the state this week.

The Hackensack Meadowlands had 150 CANVASBACK, 120 RUDDIES, lots of PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL, COMMON MERGANSER and a BALD EAGLE at Hackensack Meadowlands Environmental Education Center Mar 4; and 350 GADWALL, 60 RED-BREASTED MERGANSER and 2 PEREGRINES in Kearny East, as well as 16 BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, also Mar 4.

A RAZORBILL was at Manasquan Inlet Mar 6. Some 25 HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Inlet Mar 6, and SHORT-EARED OWLS and ROUGHLEGGED HAWKS continue at Manahawkin. The EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Atlantic Av, North Long Branch, at the pullout before the bridge. Several recent reports of CHUKAR (e.g., Warren, East Brunswick) probably represent local birds bred at semi-wild properties.

Many observers continue to remark the absence of BONAPARTE'S GULLS in the state this year. A count of 2 (sic!) at South Amboy Mar 5 is extraordinary for a low. FOX SPARROWS were well reported Mar 4-5.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787, or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List sightings goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St., Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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