This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed., April 16 with reports of
early birds, seasonal arrivals and local reports of interest.
April 12 in Salem County there were LITTLE BLUE HERONS,
GNATCATCHER, FORSTER'S TERN in various places; 80 AM. PIPITS on
Haines Neck Rd; 300 GLOSSY IBIS and 27 grounded (by rain) COMMON
LOONS at the mouth of the Salem River, 200 CATTLE EGRETS nearby;
and several BALD EAGLES. Floodgates on Apr. 12 had breeding plumage
HORNED GREBE, COMMON MERGANSERS, 17 GREAT BLUE HERONS on the nest
at Mond's Island, and THRASHER, TOWHEE and YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLER.
Pedricktown had PECTORAL SANDPIPER, GREATER YELLOWLEGS, LESSER YELLOWLEGS and lots of
SNIPE, but no Ruff.
Sandy Hook had early N. PARULA and YELLOW-THROATED VIREO in the
Brookdale maintenance area Apr. 13, and also the following birds
Apr. 13-14: HORNED GREBE, COM. LOON, RING-NECKED DUCK, AM. BITTERN,
PIED-BILLED GREBE, and COOT, all at North Pond; BARRED OWL near the
scout camp; GANNETS, RED-SHOULDERED HAWK, MERLIN, SHARP-SHINNED and
COOPER'S HAWKS; and an early HOUSE WREN.
BROAD-WINGED HAWK passed Wildcat Ridge Apr. 11 and Garret Mt. Apr.
14. Garret Mt also had an extraordinary REDSTART Apr. 9-12;
SOLITARY VIREO and GNATCATCHER Apr. 14 and the usual PINE WARBLERS and PALM
Princeton and Trenton Marsh Apr. 13 had PALM WARBLERS,
GNATCATCHER, ROUGHWINGS and MYRTLES. Stahl Natural Area on River
Road in Bedminster on Apr. 13 had 30+ RUSTY BLACKBIRDS,
ROUGH-WINGED SWALLOWS, PALM WARBLERS, COOPER'S HAWK, and
MEADOWLARKS, which were also at nearby Cedar Ridge and Lamington
roads. ROUGHWINGS are on territory at the Lamington Rd. bridge.
GNATCATCHER arrived at Black River WMA on Apr. 13.
Great Swamp Apr. 13 had a SCREECH OWL in the box at the closed
bridge, with MYRTLES and PALMS there also; AM. BITTERN was on
Pleasant Plains Road off the new parking lot at the heronry Apr.
14, and GREEN-WINGED TEAL are scattered around the swamp.
Culvers Lake Apr. 12 had 4 RED-NECKED GREBES, and Swartswood the
same day had COMMON LOONS and HORNED GREBES grounded by rain, along
with SURF SCOTER. Watchung Lake Apr. 13 had SNOW GEESE, GREEN-WINGED
TEAL, WOOD DUCK and RING-NECKED DUCK.
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