This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wed March 7 with
reports of Review List ROSS'S GOOSE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD and other
reports of SANDHILL CRANES, SNOWY OWL, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEADS,
ICELAND GULL, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWKS and SHORT-EARED OWLS, and seasonal and
Reports this week focussed on Salem County. Two white ROSS'S GEESE were
seen March 4 at the intersection of Auburn-Pennsgrove Road and
Pointers-Auburn Road. The same day the small blue morph GOOSE reported
previously was found nearby at Featherbed Lane, Sharptown; still needed
is a good look at this bird's bill and if possible a photo. Also nearby
on March 3 was a BREWER'S BLACKBIRD in the cattle pens on Kings Highway
between Featherbed Lane and the Richman's Ice cream at Rte 40 (a photo
of this would also be valuable).
Elsewhere in the Salem area were GREAT HORNED OWL nests at the end of
Money Island Road, and on the power tower on the Salem Nuke road. The
nine SANDHILL CRANES were again present at Bostwick Lake March 3. An
EURASIAN WIGEON was at Mannington Marsh the same day and also WOOD DUCK
and TUNDRA SWANS. WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS are at Apple Blossom farm, Fort
Elfsborg as usual.
The SANDHILL CRANE is still present at Veteran's Park, Hamilton. The
SNOWY OWL is still at Liberty State Park, Jersey City, in the haz-mat
area next to the Interpretive Center, inside the fence. View from
Liberty Walk. On March 3, there were 8 SHORT-EARED OWLS, A ROUGH-LEGGED
HAWK and several MEADOWLARKS on River Road(Rte 567)/Opie Road just north
of Neshanic Station; reach it from 202 via Pleasant Run Road or from 206
via 514. Solberg Airport March 3 had a ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, a SHORT-EARED
OWL and 3 HARRIERS.
Round Valley Reservoir had 3 REDHEADS in the campers boat launch March
3-4. Spruce Run March 4 had SNOW GEESE and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL on
the ice with Ring-bills off the boat launch. BALD EAGLES were reported
this week from Skillman, Round Valley and Merrill Creek. Merrill Creek
had thousands of SNOW GEESE this week (maximum about 6 thousand) and the
overwintering RING-NECK/REDHEAD flock.
OSPREY arrived in Cape May Feb 27. PIPING PLOVER was at Brigantine
(Forsythe) NWR March 3. RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS moved at Sandy Hook this
week, and HORNED GREBES, GOLDENEYES and other waterfowl are massing up
there. WOODCOCK were reported this week along with FOX SPARROW, WOOD
DUCK, KINGFISHER, and lots of BLUEBIRDS north and south. Some 500
CANVASBACKS were in the Sawmill WMA in the Hackensack Meadows March 3.
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Good birding and thanks for calling, reporting and surfing.