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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/12/2000
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Apr 12 with reports of LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL and LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, early arrivals, seasonal reports and local interest items.

LITTLE GULLS and BLACK-HEADED GULLS were off North Beach Pavilion at Sandy Hook Apr 7; also at the Hook that day: BLACK VULTURE, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, PINE SISKIN, PURPLE FINCH; and on Apr 8, LEAST BITTERNS and AMERICAN BITTERNS, SORA and CLIFF SWALLOW were at North Pond; new arrrivals at the Hook Apr 9 were BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER and BROAD-WING.

Great Swamp (Pleasant Plains Road) this week had RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, up to 36 COMMON SNIPE, 60 GREEN-WINGED TEAL and an early SOLITARY SANDPIPER at HQ pond, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS, HOODED MERGANSER, and a flock of AMERICAN PIPITS at the end of Whitebridge Road Apr 9. PIPITS were also reported Apr 9 at Spruce Run boat launch (15) and at Troy Meadows on Beverwyck Road(40).

Garret Mountain Apr 8 had NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, WINTER WREN and HERMIT THRUSH along with other usual migrants. Scherman Hoffman this week had OSPREY, PURPLE FINCH at the feeder, LA. WATERTHRUSH, BOTH KINGLETS and CHIPPING SPARROW.

Apr 8 at Princeton (Rogers Refuge), there were 25 SNIPE, an early SOLITARY SANDPIPER, 4 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCK, LITTLE BLUE HERON and GREEN HERON.

Cumberland County Apr 8 had YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER at 555; Bivalve had 20+ BLUE-WINGED TEAL but no EURASIAN WIGEON; also there, lots of DUNLIN, YELLOWLEGS, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, EGRETS, and GLOSSY IBIS.

Florence had 2 ICELAND GULLS, 10 LESSER-BLACK-BACKED GULLS, and abundant LAUGHING GULLS Apr 10. Trenton Marsh Apr 8 had 50 MYRTLES, 6-7 PALM WARBLERS, 3 GNATCATCHERS, 12 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, 15 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, KINGLETS, HERMIT THRUSH and COOT.

The CAPE MAY WARBLER at the feeder in Columbia, Warren County made it through the storm Apr 9, a lock for bravest little bird of the year award. Also in Warren County Apr 9 on Old Mine Road, early YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were in.

In the exotic department(non-wild birds), two EGYPTIAN GEESE were in Donaldson Park, Mahwah this week. These are regular in waterfowl collections and regularly escape to the wild.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of rare Review List species goes to NJBRC at 142 Moore St, Princeton 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling.

 
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