Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/8/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 8, 2007 with reports of BLACK BRANT, BARROW'S GOLDENEYE, MEW GULL, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

An adult MEW GULL was found among several hundred RING-BILLED GULLS at Spruce Run Reservoir boat ramp on the afternoon of Mar 4. If approved by the NJ Bird Records Committee, this would represent a first state record.

The BLACK BRANT was noted again at South Amboy Waterfront Park Mar 3. Look for the bird among the 'pale-bellied' BRANT flock that frequents the athletic fields and shoreline. At nearby Matawan Creek in Keyport a RED-NECKED GREBE was found the same day. For more information about these sites see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO and click on "where to bird along Raritan Bay."

The male and female BARROW'S GOLDENEYE were seen as recently as Mar 3 in Horseshoe Cove; to look for the birds park at the small median lot north of the ranger station-walk north and turn left at the gated service road; follow to the bay and look here. Also at the hook this week were RED-SHOULDERED HAWK and two MERLINS seen daily roosting near the holly forest. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

North Shore reports this week included 18 REDHEADS on Lake Takanassee, a LITTLE GULL off Phillips Ave in Deal, and 1-2 RED- NECKED GREBES in Shark River Marina: all Mar 4. The male HARLEQUIN DUCK was off Corlies Ave in Allenhurst Mar 3 and the male EURASIAN WIGEON was present on Silver Lake in Belmar the same day.

A NORTHERN SHRIKE was re-found at Big Brook Park in Marlboro Mar 3-4. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520 about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right fork (a paved path) on foot for about a half mile to a T intersection and a collapsed barn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the 2-3 fields east of the T (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).

A RED-NECKED GREBE continued on Lake Assunpink through Mar 4. Also noted there Mar 2 were GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, and REDHEAD.

Barnegat Light State Park this week hosted 20 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, RED- NECKED GREBE, and 160 PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

In Burlington County 115 TUNDRA SWANS were tallied at Franklin Parker Preserve Mar 4. A GOLDEN EAGLE and 2 AMERICAN PIPITS highlighted birds at Whitesbog Mar 6. Along the Delaware River between Florence and Roebling Mar 1 were WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, RED-THROATED LOON, and 5 RED-NECKED GREBES.

In Salem County 2 SANDHILL CRANES were found over the Rte 45 bridge at Mannington Marsh Mar 4. At Freas Rd in Pennsville an early PECTORAL SANDPIPER was noted the same day.

Birds found at Round Valley Reservoir this week included LONG-TAILED DUCK, WHITE-WINGED SCOTER, and RED-NECKED GREBE Mar 4. Also in Hunterdon County Mar 4 was a CACKLING GOOSE at Assiscong Marsh and 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the Hamden Pumping Station.

Birds detected at Merrill Creek Reservoir included 7 REDHEADS, a light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, and second-year ICELAND GULL Mar 3-4. At nearby Oberly Rd in Alpha a LAPLAND LONGSPUR was among 15 HORNED LARKS there Mar 4-5.

A light-morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK and a SHORT-EARED OWL were detected at the intersection of Rtes 206 and 94 in Newton Mar 1.

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue at Rahway River Park through Mar 3. The birds are often viewed at the west end of the park near the restrooms.

A COMMON RAVEN was noted in Montclair over Rte 23 & Bloomfield Ave Mar 5-6.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: The pelagic trip scheduled for Mar 18 out of Cape May is now full. To place your name on the waiting list, contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or e-mail them at info@paulagics.com . The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey compiled by Scott Barnes and Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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