Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/1/2011
E-mail reports: sightings (at) njaudubon.org Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Web: http://www.njaudubon.org

This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday April 1, 2011 with reports of COMMON MURRE, EURASIAN WIGEON, SANDHILL CRANE, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

Two EURASIAN WIGEONS were noted in Sussex County this week. One drake continued at Creek Rd in Green Twp through Mar 28. Look for the bird in the flooded field opposite the runway. Another EURASIAN WIGEON was discovered at White Lake in Kittatinny Valley State Park off the Sussex Branch Railroad Trail Mar 28-30. A RED-NECKED GREBE continued through Mar 28 off Hendershot's Point at Swartswood Lake.

Glenhurst Meadows hosted 35 WILSON'S SNIPE, 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS at the Wagner Farm parking lot, and 120 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS Mar 27.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted in the beaver swamp at The Tourne in Boonton Mar 27.

Spruce Run Reservoir had an impressive 377 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, 2 ICELAND GULLS, and 5 GREATER SCAUP Mar 27. A WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was there Mar 31. At nearby Round Valley Reservoir the same day 3 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS, and 2 GREAT CORMORANTS were noted.

In Warren County 220 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were tallied on Merrill Creek Reservoir Mar 30. Thirteen LONG-TAILED DUCKS were there Mar 31. Twenty-five COMMON REDPOLLS were noted at Oberly Rd in Alpha Mar 24.

A flock of 7 SANDHILL CRANES were flyovers near King George Rd in Warren Twp Mar 30.

The "Inshore Pelagic" from Belmar Mar 26 tallied 2 ICELAND GULLS, 3 GLAUCOUS GULLS, 3 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, COMMON MURRE, and 347 RAZORBILLS. Off the north Sea Bright/Sandy Hook area the large scoter flock continues with 1,700 SURF SCOTERS, 31 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and 1,441 BLACK SCOTERS tallied.

Sandy Hook reports this week included 10+ PIPING PLOVERS, an adult ICELAND GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, and LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL--all at the false hook area. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A BLACK SCOTER and 2 HORNED GREBES were noted on Lake Assunpink Mar 28.

Brigantine NWR hosted 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 4 SHORT-EARED OWLS Mar 28. Also in Atlantic County were 4 HARLEQUIN DUCKS off the South 11th Ave jetty in Longport Mar 26. A slightly early YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was found off Lagoon Drive in Margate Mar 31.

One to two SANDHILL CRANES continue at Mannington Marsh through Mar 31, viewed from Sunset Rd and from the Kings Highway crossing.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: An overnight pelagic from Cape May is scheduled for May 19-20, in search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, skuas, and phalaropes. For more information or to register, contact See Life Paulagics at info AT paluagics.com or 215-234-6805.

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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