Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/16/1997
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 WARBLERS.

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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