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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of NJ Audubon for Thursday, March 8, 2012, with reports of first state record BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD, as well as CACKLING GOOSE, TUNDRA SWAN, REDHEAD, WESTERN GREBE, SANDHILL CRANE, WESTERN WILLET, MARBLED GODWIT, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, RAZORBILL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and seasonal and local reports of interest.
The first state record BROAD-TAILED HUMMINGBIRD and the WESTERN GREBE continue in Cape May as of March 8.
The BLACK-HEADED GULL was last reported at Morgan Feb. 29, while an immature ICELAND GULL was observed there March 2. A RAZORBILL was observed from the beach by Lot A at Sandy Hook March 4. Two REDHEADS were noted at the Little Silver Boat ramp March 6.
An ICELAND GULL and a RAZORBILL visited Manasquan Inlet Feb. 29. Two TUNDRA SWANS were still present at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR March 2, while four MARBLED GODWITS were tallied in a flock including WESTERN WILLETS at the end of Lagoon Blvd. on Brigantine Island March 4.
Floodgates hosted 14 TUNDRA SWANS March 1 while two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and an immature ICELAND GULL were present along the Delaware River March 4-5 near the "Trenton Makes" Bridge in Trenton.
The SNOWY OWL continues at Merrill Creek Reservoir as of March 3 and a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues at the Mercer County Park NW, the "Pole Farm," March 2. A CACKLING GOOSE was still present at Duke Island Park in Bridgewater March 7.
The NORTHERN SHRIKE in Boonton at Morris Lakes continues as of March 4, while a TUNDRA SWAN was noted at Ringwood Manor in Ringwood the same day. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered at the NJ Meadowlands DeKorte Environment Center in Lyndhurst March 4.
Nine REDHEADS were registered at Clark Drive Pond in Mt. Hope March 4 and five at Fox's Pond in Rockaway March 3.
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 or 'reports at njbrc.net.'
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500 or e-mail 'sightings at njaudubon.org.' This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.