Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 3/30/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday Mar 31, 2006 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, ROSS'S GOOSE, CACKLING GOOSE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Seven BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue near the farmhouse on West Supawna Rd just north of the intersection of Freas Rd in Salem County through Mar 28 (DeLorme P 60, H-13). Nearby, the LARK SPARROW was still present near #23 Lighthouse Road (on the way to Supawna Meadows NWR) Mar 28. The sparrow was seen on the ground near the dirt pile and hedgerow and also about 75 yards further down the road. One to two ROSS'S GEESE were among a large SNOW GOOSE flock that moves around the Featherbed Lane/Pointers-Auburn Rd/Kings Highway area Mar 24-26. A CACKLING GOOSE was among that flock Mar 25.

Reports from Sandy Hook this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, 8 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, and 6+ AMERICAN WOODCOCKS displaying at Gunnison Lot Mar 27, an early WILLET at Spermaceti Cove Mar 26, and all three Scoter species off C-lot. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was at Assunpink WMA Mar 25 just south of the main parking lot on the lake; 15 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were in the multiflora thickets opposite the bait & tackle shop the same day.

In Hunterdon County 31 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were noted at the boat launch area of Spruce Run Reservoir Mar 26. Three LONG-TAILED DUCKS were on Round Valley Reservoir Mar 27-28. A GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE was reported along Rte 513 between Califon and Middle Valley Mar 26.

The RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continued this week at Garret Mountain along the upper roadway near the horse stables; also there this week were 2 NORTHERN ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS and a COMMON RAVEN was at Rifle Camp Park.

Montclair Hawk Watch recorded its earliest ever BROAD-WINGED HAWK on the exceptional date of Mar 18.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON and a COMMON MOORHEN highlighted birds at Kearny Marsh East, Mar 27.

Reports from Liberty State Park this week included 2 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, 13 HORNED GREBES, WILSON'S SNIPE, and FOX SPARROW.

Swartswood Lake in Sussex County Mar 25-26 hosted 10 REDHEADS, LONG- TAILED DUCK, 3 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 220 COMMON MERGANSERS. Waterfowl noted on Culvers Lake Mar 25 included a WHITE-WINGED SCOTER and 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS.


A pelagic trip is scheduled from Belmar April 8 in search of fulmar, alcids, gulls, and early spring seabirds: for more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or see their website at http://www.paulagics.com

Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Grasslands Monitoring Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in grassland bird identification and be able to visit their assigned sites/routes approximately four times from May 1 through August 15. These surveys are intended to determine the distribution and abundance of grassland birds, and monitor the success of grassland habitat management programs. Those interested in participating in the project should contact Mike Bisignano, 11 Hardscrabble Road, PO Box 693, Bernardsville, NJ 07924, 908-766-5787 / fax 908-766-7775, mike.bisignano AT njaudubon.org.

New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteer Pinelands Bird Survey Associates for its Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be familiar with the Pinelands. Pinelands Associates will be required to make two visits to their assigned sites between May 20 and June 25, 2006. The purpose of these surveys is to determine the distribution and abundance of birds in private and public lands in the pinelands. Anyone interested in volunteering for this project or for more information should contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 or nellie.tsipoura AT njaudubon.org

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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