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
Glassboro Woods had a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and RUSTY BLACKBIRD Apr 12.
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