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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, April 14, 2011 with reports of RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON'S SNIPE, LITTLE GULL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, EVENING GROSBEAK, PAINTED BUNTING and seasonal and local reports of interest.
A beautiful male PAINTED BUNTING has been frequenting a feeder in Absecon at 7 Juliana Court. Please do not walk on the new grass plantings on the left side of the house. The bird was first reported April 10 and is still present as of April 14.
Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted two SHORT-EARED OWLS and a CASPIAN TERN April 10 and two CASPIAN TERNS and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD April 11.
Sandy Hook featured an excellent hawk flight at the migration watch platform on April 11 including 155 AMERICAN KESTRELS with other highlights at the Hook including: 2 WILSON'S SNIPE, CLIFF SWALLOW, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD and a PINE SISKIN. Early arrivals that day were INDIGO BUNTING and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
A VESPER SPARROW was tallied on Sandy Hook at the Gunnison Lot on April 9 and AMERICAN BITTERN and AMERICAN PIPIT at North Pond April 12. On April 13 a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL and a "Nelson's" Gull, a hybrid between HERRING GULL and GLAUCOUS GULL were noted at North Beach on the Hook. A rare for Sandy Hook YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was tallied at the Boy Scout Camp and a COMMON RAVEN at the K-Lot, both April 14.
An extraordinary pure albino TURKEY VULTURE has been seen and photographed in the Atlantic Highlands area and present since late March.
A LITTLE GULL and a BLACK-HEADED GULL were discovered at South Amboy April 9.
Two AMERICAN BITTERNS and a six WILSON'S SNIPE were recorded at the Rogers Wildlife Refuge in Princeton April 11, with one bittern and the snipe still present April 12. The AMERICAN BITTERN was observed again there April 14. Eleven WILSON'S SNIPE were tallied along South Branch Road in Branchburg April 7.
PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON'S SNIPE, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and RUSTY BLACKBIRD were observed at Opie Road in Hillsborough township April 13.
A female EVENING GROSBEAK was photographed and present at a private feeder in Chester for over a month and last reported April 7.
Two VESPER SPARROWS were present along the new entrance road off Lees Hill road to the Helen Fenske Visitor Center at the Great Swamp NWR along the gravel shoulder across from the small cattail marsh April 13. A BLUE GROSBEAK was also discovered at the Great Swamp April 9 and an AMERICAN BITTERN and three RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were there April 7. Glenhurst Meadow (formally Warren Green Acres) hosted a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER and 43 WILSON'S SNIPE April 13, and 15 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and an AMERICAN BITTERN April 7.
A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed at the Tourne, Split Rock in Denville April 9 and two COMMON RAVENS were seen near Graystone Hospital in Parsippany April 11.
A RED-NECKED GREBE was present on Boonton Reservoir April 7.
Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.
The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.