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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/27/2008
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) Mar 21.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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.

 
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