This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for
Thursday, April 14, 2005 with reports of LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE, seasonal
and local reports of interest, and announcements.
The LOGGERHEAD SHRIKE was still at Big Brook Park in Marlboro through
Apr 10. From the intersection of Rte 79 & 520 head east on Rte 520
about a half mile and turn right into the park, which is signed "Camp
Arrowhead." (Big Brook Park is undeveloped and has no signage). Park
near the fork in the road but do not block the gate. Follow the right
fork (a paved path) on foot for about a mile to a T intersection and a
collapsed barn foundation. The bird tends to hunt the fields east and
south of the T (DeLorme P. 44, F-4).
In the Cape May area the PAINTED BUNTING continued this week - call the
CMBO Hotline for details.
Sandy Hook sightings this week included an American Bittern at north
pond Apr 9 and a RED-NECKED GREBE off Battery Kingman Apr 13. An early
YELLOW WARBLER was noted Apr 13.
Barnegat Light State Park still hosted 26 HARLEQUIN DUCKS Apr 10.
Brigantine NWR Apr 9-10 had 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a SHORT-EARED OWL.
Another SHORT-EARED OWL was found at nearby Mott's Creek over the
Birds noted at the Great Swamp NWR Apr 9-10 included up to 4 AMERICAN
BITTERNS, with one calling near the Heron rookery at the end of
Pleasant Plains Rd. At least one RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues there
A belated report was received of a drake EURASIAN WIGEON at Trenton
Marsh Apr 6, viewed in the north marsh opposite Spring Lake.
An early report of a BLACK-BILLED CUCKOO came from Lenape Park in Union
Apr 9. Also there was a pair of PILEATED WOODPECKERS.
The highlight at Garret Mountain this week was an ORANGE-CROWNED
WARBLER Apr 11 by the pond near the footbridge by Mountain Ave. Also
there this week were numbers of widespread short-distance migrants.
Birds noted at the Wallkill River NWR Apr 10 included an AMERICAN
BITTERN, COMMON RAVEN, and 7 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday
April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For
information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com
The New Jersey Audubon Society will host "An Evening with David Sibley"
on Friday, April 29 at the Fair Winds in Basking Ridge. A 6:30 p.m.
cocktail hour with cash bar will be followed by 7:30 p.m. dinner, then
David Sibley's program, "Birdwatching in the 21st Century." Seating
will be limited, and is going fast. More information can be found at
http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman/Sibleydinner, or call the New
Jersey Audubon Society at (908) 766-5787.
An overnight pelagic is scheduled out of Barnegat Light May 21-22; cost
is $119. Contact font@focusonnature,com or call 1-800-721-9886
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New
Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review
List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore
Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.