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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/27/2003
This is the voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, March 27, 2003 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, EARED GREBE, WHITE-FACED IBIS, TUNDRA SWAN, WHOOPER SWAN, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, ROSSS GOOSE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, EURASIAN WIGEON, CANVASBACK, REDHEAD, HARLEQUIN DUCKS, PIPING PLOVER, LONG-BILLED CURLEW, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSONS SNIPE, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, SHORT-EARED OWL, PURPLE MARTIN, N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW, BARN SWALLOW, FOX SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and seasonal and local reports of interest.

An EARED GREBE was discovered at Spermaceti Cove on Sandy Hook, March 27. RED-NECKED GREBE reports are fewer, but widespread with birds noted at Sandy Hook, Round Valley Reservoir, Spruce Run Res., Manasquan Inlet and Estuary, Lake Musconetcong, Cattus Island, and Tuckerton.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was observed in a flock of 32 GLOSSY IBIS on Rt. 540 two miles south of Rt. 40 in Salem County Mar. 25 (DeLorme P.61, D15), while a WHOOPER SWAN of unknown origin was discovered on Gardners Pond in Kittatiny SP and seen one day only Mar. 24. Whitesbog produced 100 TUNDRA SWANS Mar. 23, with five seen flying over the Wallkill River NWR and one at Troy Meadows Mar. 23.

A GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was reported at Spermaceti Cove on Sandy Hook Mar. 22-23, while on Mar. 24 a ROSSS GOOSE was extracted from a large flock of SNOW GEESE at on the north side of Pedricktown-Harisson Road (CR 602), just east of Kings Highway (CR 620). (Delorme P.61, A23).

Returning BLUE-WINGED TEAL visited Mannington Marsh Mar. 22-23 and the Great Swamp NWR Mar. 23. The EURASIAN WIGEON was last seen Mar. 22 at Mannington Marsh and 120 CANVASBACK were still present at the Dekorte Environmental Center in Lyndhurst Mar. 20. Two REDHEAD were noted at Cattus Island Mar. 22. and the HARLEQUIN DUCK population totals 27 at Barnegat Light SP Mar. 25.

The amazing Wildwood LONG-BILLED CURLEW continues as of Mar. 24 and is best looked for from 19th and 26th Avenues. PIPING PLOVERS arrived in force at Sandy Hook with 12+ observed Mar. 22. PECTORAL SANDPIPERS returned to Mannington Marsh Mar. 23 and a WILSONS SNIPE stopped at Sandy Hook Mar. 22.

An immature ICELAND GULL has been seen occasionally from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch platform this week, while a LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULL was recorded at the Sussex County landfill Mar. 21. A SHORT-EARED OWL continues at Brigantine (Forsythe) NWR Mar. 22.

SWALLOW arrivals include: N. ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOW Mar. 22 Columbia Lake, PURPLE MARTIN Mar. 23 Sandy Hook, and BARN SWALLOW Mar. 22 Palmyra.

FOX SPARROWS were widely reported peaking at 9 at Sandy Hook Mar. 24 and four at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville Mar. 25. RUSTY BLACKBIRDS have been observed at Palmyra Mar. 22 and Phillipsburg Mar. 24.

Come visit the Sandy Hook Migration Watch daily from 9 to 5 on the observation deck overlooking North Pond. Dan Hegarty our skill counter has tallied RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, BALD EAGLE, PEREGRINE FALCON, MERLIN, COOPERS HAWK and BLACK VULTURE this week to name a few. All are welcome and admission is free.

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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