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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/1/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 1, 2004 with reports of ROSS'S GEESE, SANDHILL CRANES, GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE, LITTLE GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, NORTHERN SHRIKE, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Up to 3 ROSS'S GEESE were found in Salem County Mar 27-30. Look for the birds in Snow Geese flocks, viewed at Featherbed Lane, Rt. 45 & Cheney Rd, Compromise Rd, and Sharptown-Auburn Rd. The GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE and EURASIAN WIGEON remained at Mannington Marsh this week. Two or three SANDHILL CRANES have been seen flying around the marsh as well (DeLorme P. 61 G-18). Other birds there included 12 TUNDRA SWANS, 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, and several BALD EAGLES. Two PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were at the intersection of High Hill Road and Rt 130 Mar 27.

The CLAY-COLORED SPARROW was still at Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson over the weekend. Look for the bird in the junco flock in the fallow garden area past the wetland.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted at Hamilton-Trenton Marsh Mar 27.

A 'BLACK' BRANT was viewed at South Amboy Waterfront Park Mar 31. Three LITTLE GULLS were seen from Morgan Mar 26. A free "Where to Bird Along Raritan Bay" map is available at SHBO or on our website.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found at Great Swamp NWR Mar 26 & 28, viewed in the field left of the rookery at the end of Pleasant Plains Road. The NORTHERN SHRIKE appeared there at 6 p.m. Mar 28.

A pair of SANDHILL CRANES was observed north of Ross' Corner in Sussex County Mar 28-29. From Ross' Corner go north on Rt 565 and watch for Armstrong Rd. The birds are sometimes near the intersection in corn stubble or in the field on the left a quarter mile north of Armstrong (DeLorme P. 19, M-19).

Migrants at Garrett Mountain Mar 28 included 50+ BROWN CREEPERS, 2 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, 10+ PINE WARBLERS and 5 PALM WARBLERS, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 2 PURPLE FINCHES.

Sandy Hook Mar 28 had good numbers of short-distance migrants including 2 early CLIFF SWALLOWS, WINTER WREN, SAPSUCKER, and FOX SPARROWS. A BARRED OWL was being harassed by crows along Atlantic Drive Mar 30.

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was on Wreck Pond Mar 30-31.

Barnegat Light still hosted 22 HARLEQUIN DUCKS on Mar 29. Also there Mar 27 were 90+ HORNED GREBES, 400 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, and 100 PURPLE SANDPIPERS.

Directions to many of the sites mentioned above can be found in Bill Boyle's Guide To Birdfinding in NJ, available at NJAS Bookstores.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. Good Birding and thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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