Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/10/2003
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 10, 2003 with reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, FRANKLIN'S GULL, BLACK BRANT, LITTLE GULL, ROSSS GOOSE, RED-NECKED GREBE, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, seasonal & local reports of interest, and a pelagic trip announcement.

The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was still off 19th Street in Wildwood Apr 6call the CMBO Hotline for details.

An adult FRANKLINS GULL was found at the Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette Apr 10, feeding on fresh refuse with a flock of RING-BILLED GULLS. Also there were two immature ICELAND GULLS and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL Apr 4. The landfill is located on the west side of Rt. 94 just north of the intersection with Rt. 15. Also in Sussex County this week on Culvers Lake were two RED-NECKED GREBES Apr 4 & 10 and two WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS Apr 4.

A BLACK BRANT was observed at Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park in Long Branch Apr 5no reports since. Also on the North Shore was an adult LITTLE GULL off Pullman Ave in Elberon Apr 5. Two other LITTLE GULLS were found in the ocean near Worthington and Ocean Ave in Spring Lake Apr 8. Lake Como in Belmar had two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and two RED-NECKED GREBES this week.

Sandy Hooks north beach had a GLAUCOUS GULL Apr 5; a BARRED OWL calling near the scout camp; a RED-NECKED GREBE and three PIPING PLOVERS at the end of the fishermans trail Apr 8.

Two ROSSS GEESE were in the SNOW GOOSE flock just north of Featherbed Lane in Salem County (DeLorme P. 61, C-21) Apr 5-6. Nearby Mannington Marsh hosted 300 GLOSSY IBIS.


Barnegat Lights HARLEQUIN DUCK flock remained through the week, along with a large number of BLACK SCOTERS and SURF SCOTERS.

Wallkill River NWR Apr 4 hosted 75 RING-NECKED DUCKS, 45 WILSONS SNIPE, and three PECTORAL SANDPIPERS; all seen near the parking area on Oil City Road (DeLorme P. 20, E-2).

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was noted off Demarest Ave near Oradell Reservoir in Oradell, Bergen County Apr 6.

Lake Assunpink had a good count of five COMMON LOONS, seven RED-THROATED LOONS and 100+ RUDDY DUCKS Apr 6.

RED-NECKED GREBES continue in unusual numbers this week. Eight were in the Shrewsbury River in Sea Bright Apr 5; singles were noted at Delaware Lake in Columbia, the South Branch of the Raritan River in Hunterdon County, Johnson Park in East Brunswick, and Manasquan Reservoir.

A LITTLE BLUE HERON was discovered at the Tourne in Boonton Apr 5.

Widely reported migrants this week included BROWN CREEPER, FOX SPARROW, and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET.

A pelagic trip to NJ/NY waters is scheduled from Belmar Apr 26, looking for fulmar, late alcids, and gulls. For more information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit their website at http://www.paulagics.com

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of Review List species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ, 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

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