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This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Mar 28 with reports of Review List ROSS'S GOOSE and "small Race" CANADA GOOSE and TUFTED DUCK, and other reports of CLAY-COLORED SPARROW, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, ICELAND GULL, HARLEQUIN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER. seasonal reports and local reports of interest.

The TUFTED DUCK was still present on Old Sam's Pond, Pt. Pleasant Mar 25-26. No further reports of the FRANKLIN'S GULL.

A ROSS'S GOOSE and a small race CANADA GOOSE were in a flock of SNOW GEESE at Woodstown, Salem County, near the intersection of Woodstown-Auburn Road and Point Airy Rd on Mar 25. The small Canada, but not the Ross's, was located again Mar 26.

Also in Salem Co., a YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in a flock of mixed blackbirds on Kings Highway (620) north of Richman's Ice Cream (Rte. 40), just south of Featherbed Lane near the cattle barns on the left. Around the county in the usual spots were GREAT EGRETS, SNOWY EGRETS, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and other early migrants.

HARLEQUINS continue at Barnegat Light. An ICELAND GULL, an early PURPLE MARTIN and 3 early CHIMNEY SWIFTS were seen at Sandy Hook Mar 26; the Hook had a good hawk flight with 69 on Mar 26, mostly SHARP-SHIN, COOPER'S and AMERICAN KESTREL, along with a few MERLIN; also at the Hook Mar 26 were good numbers of SONG SPARROW, JUNCOS, CREEPERS, FLICKERS, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, FIELD SPARROW, a CHIPPING SPARROW and noticeable numbers of migrant WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH (which doesn't breed there). A CHIMNEY SWIFT was also seen Mar 25 at Barnegat Light.

A CLAY-COLORED SPARROW is coming to a feeder in Milford, Hunterdon Co. From 519 and Bridge St in Milford, take 519 south a half mile, and turn right on Ravine Road, just before the Medical Care Center. The bird is coming to a feeder behind # 75 Ravine Road.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at Great Swamp on Pleasant Plains Road to the left of the heronry. Several hundred SNIPE were observed leaving Great Swamp on the evening of Mar 24, a spectacular sight. Flocks of TREE SWALLOWS and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were there Mar 27, along with SHOVELER, PINTAIL, GREEN-WINGED TEAL and WOOD DUCKS.

Spruce Run Mar 25 had 800 SNOW GEESE, a BALD EAGLE, RED-THROATED LOON, HORNED GREBE and a few waterfowl; Round Valley had 11 LESSER SCAUP, BUFFLEHEAD, RUDDY DUCK and territorial PINE WARBLERS.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of Review List species goes to NJBRC, 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling surfing and reporting.

 
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