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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/9/2006
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, March 9, 2006 with reports of CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, EURASIAN WIGEON, REDHEAD, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, TRI-COLORED HERON, GLOSSY IBIS, ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK, GOLDEN EAGLE, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, LAPLAND LONGSPUR, SNOW BUNTING, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, BREWERS BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, an upcoming pelagic trip and seasonal and local reports of interest.

Seven BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (4 male and 3 female) continue in Salem County, most recently reported Mar. 6. The birds are often in a mixed blackbird flock near the farmhouse at the corner of Supawna and Freas Roads (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). A CACKLING GOOSE continues as of Mar. 5 in a flock of SNOW GEESE often viewed from Mannington Marsh and Pointers Auburn Road. Also at Mannington Marsh were 30 TUNDRA SWANS and 800+ NORTHERN PINTAIL. Two LAPLAND LONGSPURS and ten SNOW BUNTINGS were present on the south side of Rte. 40 near some puddles and torn-up sod east of Pointers-Auburn Road while a 2nd year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was observed at the Lighthouse Road pond on the way to Supawna Meadows NWR Mar 5

Florence Mar. 6 hosted an ICELAND GULL and five LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, while an enormous number of gulls and waterfowl were noted at Barnegat Light SP Mar. 5 including 75 COMMON EIDER, 40+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS and many PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Mar. 5 featured a GOLDEN EAGLE and a dark morph ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK both seen from the north dike as well as a EURASIAN WIGEON.

The hen BARROWS GOLDENEYE and the EURASIAN WIGEON continue at Sandy Hook as of Mar. 8 with both birds observed off Guardian Park in the bay. Other Sandy Hook sightings include 100+ SNOW BUNTINGS Mar. 8, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Mar. 5, and an early group of seven flyover GLOSSY IBIS Mar. 2, plus two MERLIN and all three scoters.

A PINE SISKIN visited a feeder in Locust Mar. 4 7, while a REDHEAD was present on Lake Takanassee in Long Branch Mar. 8. An early TRICOLORED HERON visited Island Beach SP Mar. 6, while the EURASIAN WIGEON continues on Little Silver Lake in Point Pleasant as of Mar. 8.

A CACKLING GOOSE, four REDHEAD and several thousand SNOW GEESE were noted at Merrill Creek Mar. 5 with two other CACKLING GEESE observed at Assicong Marsh in Flemington Mar. 5. Oberly Road in Alpha hosted 8 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Mar. 5 and 40+ HORNED LARKS Mar. 4. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered in a large flock of blackbirds along Stewartville Road near Merrill Creek Mar. 7 and a COMMON RAVEN was observed along Rte. 523 in Lamington Mar. 7.

The pair of COMMON RAVENS continued their nesting activities at Laurel Hill in the Hackensack Meadows in Secaucus as of Mar. 6 and the RED-HEADED WOODPECKER is still present at Garret Mountain Reservation Mar. 5.

The Sussex County dump hosted individual immature GLAUCOUS GULL and ICELAND GULL Mar. 4, while the NORTHERN SHRIKE continues at Layton Mar. 6. Look for the bird at the corner of Rtes 615 & 640 (DeLorme P. 18, I-11).

There is still space available on an in-shore pelagic trip out of Cape May March 11 at 8:00 a.m... For more information please contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or e-mail them at info@paulagics.com.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman, NJ 08558. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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