This is the voice of NJ Audubon for Tuesday, Apr. 12, at 6 PM, with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, HARLEQUIN, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, EVENING GROSBEAK, REDPOLLS, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal arrivals and local reports.
Two RED-NECKED GREBES were at Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, April 9; two more were at Lake Assunpink and one at Dayton on April 10. Eleven HARLEQUINS were at Barnegat Inlet April 9, as well as Piping Plover and ROYAL TERN. WHIMBREL was at Tuckerton April 9; SEMIPALMATED PLOVER and PINE WARBLER at Brigantine (Forsythe) also April 9. COMMON BLACK-HEADED GULL continues off and on at South Amboy, most recently on April 9.
In the rains this week, farm fields were good places to be. Six LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one ICELAND GULL, and 4 BONAPARTE'S GULLS were on the farms at the Garden State Youth Correctional Facility in Chesterfield, Burlington Co., with thousands of other gulls April 10. A LESSER BLACK-BACK and a BONAPARTE'S GULL were on a farm outside Allentown the same day; and another LESSER BLACK-BACK was on a farm outside Robbinsville also April 10. Eighteen GLOSSY IBIS were at Mercer County Park April 9, and 13 on April 10 were on a flooded field at the Sunshine/Hydrox Cookies/Krispy Crackers warehouse on Bordentown Turnpike in Sayreville along with dozens of Laughing Gulls.
RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS are at Woodland Rd., Great Swamp, and also at Rahway River Park in Rahway off Rt. 27. WILD TURKEYS have been seen several times this week at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville, near the building and on the trails. REDPOLLS are still at Howell Township this week, and an imm. GREAT CORMORANT was at Great Knotts? Reservoir in West Paterson on April 9.
Widely reported this week were BARN SWALLOW, CHIPPING SPARROW, HERMIT THRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM and PINE WARBLERS, and BOTH KINGLETS. GNATCATCHER was at Swartswood and also at Scherman-Hoffman this week, and EVENING GROSBEAKS were reported at feeders in Brown's Mills April 9. Sandy Hook April 9 had PALM WARBLER, WOODCOCK, and GREATER YELLOWLEGS. Pedricktown had FORSTER'S TERN on April 9 but no RUFFS were reported to the tape.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey, sponsored by the NJ Audubon Society. The tape is changed usually on Wednesdays around noon, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, email@example.com.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. Good birding and thank you for calling.