Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/21/2002
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday March 21, 2002 with reports of SOOTY SHEARWATER, BLACK BRANT, SANDHILL CRANE, EURASIAN WIGEON, RED CROSSBILL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Very unusual was a SOOTY SHEARWATER reported on a boat trip off Manasquan Inlet March 16th.

Two SANDHILL CRANES and one hybrid crane continued at Bostwick Lake in Salem County through March 16 (DeLorme P. 61, L-26). A EURASIAN WIGEON was seen at Mannington Marsh March 14-15 at the Rt. 45 bridge (DeLorme P. 61, G-18). Sixty-five TUNDRA SWANS and many dabbling ducks were there March 16.

Two other SANDHILL CRANES were seen in fields one-quarter mile west of the intersection of Rtes. 528 and 640 in New Egypt on March 20 (DeLorme P. 49, G-15).

Single EURASIAN WIGEONS were found this week at Brigantine NWR along the south dike March 15 and another at the western-most impoundment at Corbin City, McNamara WMA March 17 (DeLorme P. 70, J-2).

RED CROSSBILLS were still present near Harrisville Lake in Wharton State Forest March 17 (DeLorme P. 65, C-15).

A "BLACK BRANT" was found at Old Sam's Pond, Point Pleasant March 17.

Hunterdon County hosted three LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS on March 17 with two at the Hamden Pumping Station on the Raritan River and another in a field on Rte. 523 about one-half mile east of Rte. 31. Nearby Spruce Run Reservoir hosted a PECTORAL SANDPIPER and 8 SNIPE the same day.

Sandy Hook reports this week included BALD EAGLE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED and ICELAND GULLS, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and 8 displaying WOODCOCK behind the marine labs March 19.

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 Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes

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