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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/14/2005
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 weekend.

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 as well.

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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.

 
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