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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/28/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Wednesday March 28 with reports of BLACK BRANT, COMMON TEAL, EARED GREBE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A BLACK BRANT was viewed at Sandy Hook's Spermaceti Cove Mar 26. Also at the hook this week were 500+ LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 40+ GREAT CORMORANTS, and 20+ AMERICAN WOODCOCKS. A good hawk flight Mar 27 included 42 AMERICAN KESTRELS. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at Sandy Hook Bird Observatory; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A COMMON TEAL (a.k.a. EURASIAN GREEN-WINGED TEAL) was found at Brigantine NWR near the gull pond tower Mar 25. A EURASIAN WIGEON was also observed at Brig that day.

An EARED GREBE was reported from the end of Cedar Run Dock Rd in Ocean County Mar 25 & 28. Birders are cautioned to look closely at molting Podiceps grebes and note the exact bill shape and structure when differentiating Eared from Horned Grebes during March and April.

Palmyra Cove Nature Park hosted 2 ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULL Mar 25.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was found off the National Park dredge spoils in Gloucester County Mar 25.

A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was noted at Round Valley Reservoir Mar 23. Also in Hunterdon County was a SHORT-EARED OWL at Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 28.

Migrants noted at Garret Mountain Mar 23 included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, PILEATED WOODPECKER, PINE WARBLER, 21 FOX SPARROWS, and 13 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

A ROUGH-LEGGED HAWK was observed at Roy Rd near Wallkill River NWR Mar 24. REDHEADS continued at Swartswood Lake this week as well.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: 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 . 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 Mike Bisignano at 908-766-5787 or mike.bisignano at njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908- 837-9063 or nellie.tsipoura at njaudubon.org . The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey written by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Please send documentation of Review List species (photos, field sketches, and/or written descriptions) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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