This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday April 11, 2014 with reports of NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, LITTLE GULL, YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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New Jersey's first NEOTROPIC CORMORANT (pending acceptance by the NJ Bird Records Committee) was discovered Apr 8 at DeMott Pond in Clinton, Hunterdon County NJ. This is along West Main Street just northwest of the Holiday Inn. The bird roosts on the pond's island, often in the dawn redwood tree; it continues there through Apr 10.
Also in Hunterdon County this week at Spruce Run Reservoir were 6 RED-NECKED GREBES, up to 3 LITTLE GULLS, 2 ICELAND GULLS, GLAUCOUS GULL, and 50 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Apr 8-9 and 2 LITTLE GULLS at Round Valley Reservoir Apr 9.
A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was detected among the waterfowl at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop Apr 6-10.
A female YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found in Branch Brook Park in Newark Apr 9.
Nine SANDHILL CRANES flew over Mills Reservation in Montclair Apr 5.
Three SANDHILL CRANES were seen at Great Swamp NWR Apr 7.
Migrants at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park this week included RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLER, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.
Linden's Hawk Rise Sanctuary continues to host a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER this week.
Oros Preserve in Woodbridge continues to host at least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 8 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS through Apr 6. Also in Middlesex County at Raritan Bayshore Waterfront Park were up to 4-5 LITTLE GULLS, and a BLACK-HEADED GULL Apr 2-6.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included 2 SNOWY OWLS, A SHORT-EARED OWL Apr 6, and a good flight of falcons Apr 5 including 100+ AMERICAN KESTRELS and 20 MERLINS.
Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch had an immature GLAUCOUS GULL Apr 6 and 2 BLACK-HEADED GULLS Apr 8.
Forsythe NWR (Brigantine) had 20 Blue-winged Teal, 3 REDHEADS, RED-NECKED GREBE, and CASPIAN TERN Apr 5.
Taylor's Refuge in Cinnaminson had an AMERICAN BITTERN and RUSTY BLACKBIRD Apr 6.
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