Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/13/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 13, 2006 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, LARK SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest.

Five BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were noted near the intersection of West Supawna Rd and Freas Rd in Salem County Apr 9. The birds are most often found near the cattle pens or livestock (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). The nearby LARK SPARROW continued through Apr 9 as well, seen in the field near # 23 Lighthouse Rd (this is the road to Fort Mott). Also in Salem County Apr 9 were 4 LITTLE BLUE HERONS and a CATTLE EGRET at Mannington Marsh. A VESPER SPARROW was found along Featherbed Lane Apr 10.

Two MARBLED GODWITs were discovered on the kayak anchorage sandbars (A-21) at Island Beach State Park Apr 12.

Arriving migrants at Sandy Hook Apr 8 included TRICOLORED HERON, LITTLE BLUE HERON, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT. Birds noted Apr 9 included 50+ NORTHERN GANNETS, an AMERICAN BITTERN at North Pond, 10 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 3 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 5 PINE WARBLERS, 10 PALM WARBLERS, and 2 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. The vanguard WHITE-EYED VIREO was singing near Gunnison Apr 10. Flyover PURPLE FINCH and PINE SISKIN were over North Pond Apr 11. A LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH was in the locust grove Apr 12. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has tallied over 1400 raptors since March 15. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A LITTLE GULL was found at Spruce Run Reservoir Apr 12, viewed from South Point near the Wilderness Access/Boat Launch Area.

Garret Mountain had a woodpecker slam this week, with all 7 regularly occurring species seen in one day: highlights were the continuing RED- HEADED WOODPECKER near the horse stables on the upper roadway, and a PILEATED WOODPECKER on the White Trail. Also noted over the weekend were 6+ YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 6 BROWN CREEPERS, and 6+ WINTER WRENS. A BLUE-HEADED VIREO arrived there Apr 11.

Lincoln Park West in Jersey City Apr 10 hosted a VESPER SPARROW; YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and 2 BOAT- TAILED GRACKLES were observed there Apr 8.

An early BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER was noted at Tenafly Nature Center Apr 11.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER highlighted birds found in a spruce/pine grove approximately 1 mile north of Walpack Center in the Delaware Water Gap NRA Apr 9. At Kittatinny Valley State Park a VESPER SPARROW was noted at Twin Lakes Apr 8. Other Sussex County reports Apr 8-9 included 2 LONG-TAILED DUCKS at Swartswood Lake, the continuing drake REDHEAD, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 2 VESPER SPARROWS at the Wallkill River NWR, and VIRGINIA RAIL and PECTORAL SANDPIPER at Hyper Humus. A map of Hyper Humus is available at http://www.sussexcountybirdclub.org


Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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