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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/1/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed. April 1 with reports of RUFFS, ROSS'S GOOSE, RED CROSSBILL, EVENING GROSBEAK, seasonal and early arrivals and local reports.

Two RUFFS were at Pedricktown March 29-31, one red and the other chestnut and black. Check both the causeway and Harrisonville Rd. bridge. Please report colors on ruffs. Also there, 30 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and nearby a ROSS'S GOOSE lingers with SNOW GEESE on Featherbed lane, Sharptown. In Jackson, EVENING GROSBEAK and PINE SISKIN continue early a.m. at 1069 Veterans Highway.

Eight RED CROSSBILLS, present all winter, were well seen at Round Valley Res. March 28 on either side of the toll gate at the main entrance, in trees and on the ground. Also there, 12 PINE WARBLERS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HORNED GREBE and BONAPARTE'S GULL. At nearby Spruce Run, a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was at the boat launch with Ringbills, and RED-THROATED LOON and BALD EAGLE were on the Reservoir.

Bivalve March 29 produced GLOSSY IBIS, FORSTER'S TERN, LEAST SANDPIPER and PECTORAL SANDPIPER, TREE SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOWS, PURPLE MARTIN and OSPREY. Belleplain State Forest turned up YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, GNATCATCHER, and PINE WARBLER.

At South Amboy March 27, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, OYSTERCATCHER and 12 GANNET were seen. At Sandy Hook this week, BLUE GROSBEAK at the Visitor Center March 28; also therre this week, a very unusual hooting BARRED OWL near Gunnison; GANNETS, LESSER SCAUP, WHITE- WINGED SCOTER, OYSTERCATCHER, GREAT EGRET, WINTER WREN and RUBY- CROWNED KINGLET.

Great Swamp had 2 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS March 29, a singing VIRGINIA RAIL also March 29 at the Meyersville deadend, two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS still at the Heronry and lots of SNIPE on Pleasant Plains Road in the flooded field near HQ with the PECTORALS.

Garret Mt. March 28 had WINTER WREN and HOUSE WREN, CREEPERS and FOX SPARROW, and MARCH 30, PINE WARBLER, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET and SAPSUCKER. Scherman-Hoffman this week had PINE WARBLER, up to 12 PURPLE FINCHES, and CHIPPING SPARROW April 1. The Celery farm had PALM WARBLER Apr. 1. Two people reported PINE WARBLERS this week at feeders. Arrivals in Tewksbury (Hunterdon Co.) were CHIPPING SPARROW Mar. 27; TOWHEE, Mar. 29; HERMIT THRUSH Mar. 30; SAVANNAH SPARROW Mar. 31.

THE VOICE OF NJ AUDUBON is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. Sponsored by New Jersey Audubon Society, the tape/web page changes Wednesday. To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. After hours calls can be routed to the voice-mail box at ext. 18. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (908) 647-2357. Good birding, and thank you for calling/faxing/surfing.

 
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