This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday March 27, 2008 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, EVENING
GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.
Assunpink WMA hosted 3 female and one male EVENING GROSBEAK Mar
22-27. From the intersection of Herbert Rd and Cox's Corner/
Imlaystown Rd go north, pass the bait & tackle shop, and make the
first left before the main boat launch at the lake. The birds have
been viewed in the pines and second-growth woods just short of the
famed "mulberry tree" which overlooks Assunpink Lake. A NORTHERN
SHRIKE was found in the first field east of the boat launch area Mar
23. An early SPOTTED SANDPIPER was found along the shore of Assunpink
Lake Mar 26.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included the continuing 3 TUNDRA SWANS
at North Pond and the Salt Ponds through Mar 24, with the juvenile
remaining through Mar 26. Also there this week were an estimated
10,000 NORTHERN GANNETS and a very early WHITE-EYED VIREO around the
hawk watch Mar 22-24. A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was reported Mar 27. A
free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check
the sightings log there for daily bird reports.
Along the Raritan Bay shore a TUNDRA SWAN was found at Natco Lake Mar
22. Two ICELAND GULLS were noted at South Amboy's waterfront park Mar
25. For more information on birding these areas see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO
On the North Shore the drake EURASIAN WIGEON continues at Silver Lake
in Belmar through Mar 24. An early YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was
detected at Fisherman's Cove Park in Manasquan Mar 22. Single ICELAND
GULLS were found at Point Pleasant Beach and near Shark River Inlet
Mar 22. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was on Wreck Pond Mar 23.
Two COMMON RAVENS were noted at the Pole Farm (Mercer County Park NW)
A ROSS'S GOOSE was detected among the Snow Goose flock off Featherbed
Lane in Salem County Mar 22. Four BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were still
present at the farm near the intersection of West Supawna Rd and Freas
Rd in Pennsville, Salem County Mar 20. A YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was
seen along Compromise Road this week.
Two drake REDHEADS were present on Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 23-24.
At Swartswood Lake 17 REDHEADS were noted Mar 24. An impressive 62
REDHEADS were tallied on Mount Hope Lake in Rockaway Mar 26.
A flock of 100 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was noted along the Appalachian trail
near Pochuck Creek in Vernon Twp near Rte 517 Mar 23.
Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently
recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas
of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must
have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit
one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For
more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at
908-766-5787 x 15 or kristin.mylecraine AT njaudubon.org For more
information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at
908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the
public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the
North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more
information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO
See Life Paulagics has rescheduled its pelagic trip out of Cape May to
SUNDAY, APRIL 13. The boat is scheduled to leave at 6:00 AM and return
around 6:00 PM. For more information, contact them at 215-234-6805 or
go to their web site at http://www.paulagics.com
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding
in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email
sightings AT njaudubon.org 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. Thanks for
calling and reporting.