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,
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
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.
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.