Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/12/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 11 with reports of EARED GREBES, RED-NECKED GREBES, COMMON RAVEN, WHITE-WINGED DOVE, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest and an extralimital report.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE appeared at a new location in Cape May this week; call the Cape May Hotline for details.

An alternate-plumaged EARED GREBE was found in Horseshoe Cove, Sandy Hook April 6-9; probably a different bird than the more basic-plumaged bird seen previously there. A COMMON RAVEN was seen from the Sandy Hook Migration Watch April 8-9. Also at the hook this week were AMERICAN BITTERNS daily at North Pond, a BARRED OWL and RUSTY BLACKBIRDS near the Rusty Barn and a VESPER SPARROW at the K-Lot.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Lake Musconetcong April 8. The bird was seen from the north side off Palmer Road.

Hundreds of NORTHERN GANNETS continue in Raritan Bay as far west as South Amboy, some near the Outerbridge Crossing; also there April 10 were BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 10 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.

LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH arrived at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary April 11. Nearby Great Swamp continues to host RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS along Pleasant Plains Road.

Rogers Refuge in Princeton had BLUE-WINGED TEAL, WOOD DUCKS, SNIPE and PALM WARBLER April 4.

Spruce Run Reservoir currently has good shorebird habitat at the mouth of Mulhockaway Creek and is hosting numbers of GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and SNIPE.

Just out of the region, a WESTERN GREBE has been seen at Wolfes Pond Park in Staten Island this week; call the New York City Rare Bird Alert for details.

The Voice of NJ 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.

Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes

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