Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/15/2012
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday March 15, 2012 with reports of ROSS?S GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, SNOWY OWL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Two YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRDS were noted Mar 10-11 in Salem County. The birds were part of a large mixed-species blackbird flock frequenting the cattle lots along Kings Highway south of the intersection with Featherbed Lane and north of Sharptown. A ROSS?S GOOSE was gleaned from the SNOW GOOSE flock north of Featherbed Lane Mar 11. Also in Salem County were up to 6 SANDHILL CRANES at Mannington Marsh, viewed from the Rte 45 bridge. A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in adjacent Salem River WMA Mar 11.

Five PIPING PLOVERS were noted at Barnegat Light State Park Mar 10.

A COMMON RAVEN was viewed over the Sandy Hook Migration Watch Platform Mar 11. Sightings on Mar 14 at the hook included a flock of 6 RED-NECKED GREBES near the ferry dock and another RED-NECKED GREBE was in Horseshoe Cove, 14 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, 10+ PIPING PLOVERS, 24 AMERICAN WOODCOCKS, WINTER WREN, and 14 FOX SPARROWS. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has begun; visitors are always welcome?come see what?s flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx

The adult BLACK-HEADED GULL appeared at the Morgan Mudflats Mar 10. An immature ICELAND GULL was seen there Mar 11. More information about birding this site can be found at http://ebird.org/content/nj

A COMMON RAVEN was found in Perth Amboy along Riverside Drive Mar 11.

Early spring migration was evident at Garret Mountain Mar 12 with YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 3 WINTER WRENS, 10+ EASTERN PHOEBES, 12+ FOX SPARROWS, and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found at Liberty State Park Mar 12.

Spruce Run Reservoir hosted 177 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and 3 ICELAND GULLS Mar 10.

The Merrill Creek SNOWY OWL continues through Mar 12; look for the bird in the rocks below the main dam.

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