This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, March 24, 2010 with reports of COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, WILSON'S SNIPE, ICELAND GULL, MONK PARAKEET, BARRED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, COMMON RAVEN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, SPOTTED TOWHEE, DICKCISSEL, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.
Two immature ICELAND GULLS were present at the end of the Fisherman's Trail at Sandy Hook Mar. 19, while an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER visited North Pond and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD the Scout Camp the same day. A BARRED OWL also sounded-off at the Hook Mar. 19. PILEATED WOODPECKER is quite uncommon in Monmouth County, but one was present at Huber Woods County Park Mar. 24.
Another ICELAND GULL was noted at South Amboy Mar. 24, while five MONK PARAKEETS were still present in Carteret along Washington Avenue between Cooke Avenue and High Street also Mar. 24. COMMON EIDERS and HARLEQUIN ducks continue at Barnegat Light SP.
An adult YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was discovered at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson near River Road in the farm/garden plot area Mar. 24. The SPOTTED TOWHEE continues at Palmyra Cove Park as of Mar. 19 and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER visited a yard in Mt. Laurel Mar. 20.
RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted at the Allendale Celery Farm Mar. 24 and in Branchburg Mar. 21. The COMMON RAVENS have returned to their nesting site in Laurel Hill Park in Secaucus as of Mar. 21. A pair of DICKCISSELS appeared at a private feeder in Clifton Mar. 22.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are the bird of the week with birds seen at Campgaw Reservation in Mahwah Mar.19, Van Bushkirk Island Park in Oradell, Mar.19, Woodbridge off Omar Avenue Mar. 24, four at the Canoebrook Reservoir in Roseland Mar. 20 and another at Lenape Park in Cranford along the West Dike Trail near the center kiosk.
Birds appearing this week include: PIED-BILLED GREBE, OSPREY, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, TREE SWALLOW, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, BROWN CREEPER, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.
The annual Sandy Hook Migration Watch is taking place from now until May 15 from 9 to 5 daily on the Observation Deck at the north end of Sandy Hook overlooking North Pond and near parking lot K. John Van Dort our counter welcomes visitors and will answer your questions. Please stop by and say hello. This event is sponsored by the Sandy Hook Bird Observatory, for more information call 732-872-2500 or stop by SHBO.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.