Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/7/2001
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 local reports.

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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