Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/15/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 15, 2004 with reports of 'BLACK' BRANT, GOLDEN EAGLE, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal & local reports of interest, and pelagic trip announcement.

A 'BLACK' BRANT was found among a flock of 'pale-bellied' Brant at Sandy Hook's parade grounds in Fort Hancock Apr 13. Also there that day was a SHORT-EARED OWL at Plum Island. Two AMERICAN BITTERNS were in North Pond Apr 10 and over 150 raptors were recorded at the migration watch. A CASPIAN TERN was over Spermaceti Cove Apr 14. Single VESPER SPARROWS were noted at Gunnison Lot and along the road to F Lot this week. Numbers of short-distance migrants this week included singing WINTER WRENS, SAPSUCKER, FOX SPARROWS, and over a thousand DARK-EYED JUNCOS Apr 11.

A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was found in Lord Stirling Park Apr 10 near the east observation tower. Adjacent Great Swamp NWR continues to host 1-2 AMERICAN BITTERNS at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd where two VIRGINIA RAILS were heard Apr 11. Also at the swamp were numbers of dabbling ducks, short-distance migrants, and a winnowing WILSON'S SNIPE.

A hen REDHEAD remained on Round Valley Reservoir through Apr 10.

Birds noted in the Pequannock Watershed Apr 11 included a flock of PINE SISKINS and several COMMON RAVENS.

Garrett Mountain Apr 10 had good numbers of migrants and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER along the main pond opposite the Wilson Ave parking lot.


Two GOLDEN EAGLES were reported in Salem County along CR 623 Apr 10 and a CATTLE EGRET was noted along Compromise Road.

PURPLE FINCHES were widely reported in small numbers at feeders in the state this week.


A few spaces remain on an overnight pelagic from Barnegat Inlet May 22/23 for spring migrant seabirds. Contact FONT at 1-800-721-9986 or http://www.focusonnature.com

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