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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/26/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday March 26, 2009 with reports of BOHEMIAN WAXWING, GREEN- TAILED TOWHEE, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

The BOHEMIAN WAXWING was detected briefly at the north end of the South Beach Dune Trail Mar 21. The bird was in an AMERICAN ROBIN and CEDAR WAXWING flock. Other birds noted at the hook Mar 21-22 included 18 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, a calling VIRGINIA RAIL at north pond, BARRED OWL along Raccoon Alley, 6 FOX SPARROWS, 10 EASTERN MEADOWLARKS, and PURPLE FINCH. A RED-NECKED GREBE was reported Mar 23. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

The GREEN-TAILED TOWHEE was still visiting the feeders at 1147 Mansion Ave in Collingswood, Camden County through Mar 22. Birders are welcome to visit; please use common sense and discretion. Walk to the backyard on the left side and the house and watch for the bird at the feeders and the shrubs on the left.

Four BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found at Pennsville, Salem County Mar 23. The birds (two males & two females) were in the cattle field along Freas Road off Rte 49 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13).

Sussex County reports this week were of 1-2 RED-NECKED GREBES at Swartswood Lake Mar 20-25 and an adult GOLDEN EAGLE soaring over Yard's Creek Reservoir Mar 24.

Three RED-NECKED GREBES were found on Split Rock Reservoir in Rockaway Mar 23.

The COMMON TEAL continues this week at the DeKorte Environmental Center in Lyndhurst. The bird was in the small pond adjacent to the entrance near the railroad tracks. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was over Secaucus Mar 24.

Early spring migrants at Garret Mountain Mar 24 included 3 BROWN CREEPERS, WINTER WREN, and 7 FOX SPARROWS.

Great Swamp NWR hosted an immature GOLDEN EAGLE at Pleasant Plains Road Mar 22. The adult RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was there that day as well. Also at the swamp Mar 23 were 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 3 RED- SHOULDERED HAWKS, and BARRED OWL.

Hunterdon County reports this week were of LONG-TAILED DUCK at Round Valley Reservoir; RED-BREASTED MERGANSER, 2 RED-THROATED LOONS, ICELAND GULL, and a NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW at Spruce Run Reservoir, all Mar 20-22. An immature ICELAND GULL and 12 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at Spruce Run Mar 26.

A first-year "Nelson's Gull" (hybrid HERRING GULL X GLAUCOUS GULL) was found at South Amboy Mar 20.

The COMMON TEAL was seen again at the 4th pond at Lake Takanassee Mar 21. In western Monmouth County a RED-THROATED LOON was found on Lake Assunpink Mar 21.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was noted at Mercer County Park Northwest (the pole farm) Mar 22.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was found along Rte 72 at Cedar Bonnet Island Mar 22.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted a female COMMON EIDER, 30 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, RED-NECKED GREBE, PIPING PLOVER, and PURPLE SANDPIPERS Mar 23. Two RED-NECKED GREBES were there Mar 21.

Brigantine NWR continued to host 2-9 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS in the pines near the refuge headquarters through Mar 21. Other birds noted at Brig this week included 2 REDHEADS and 3 SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 19; a NORTHERN BOBWHITE was seen along the upland portion of the wildlife drive and an early WILLET was detected Mar 21.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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