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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/16/2009
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, April 16, 2009 with reports of "WESTERN-TYPE" GREBE, AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COMMON MOORHEN, SANDHILL CRANE, PIPING PLOVER, WHIMBREL, LITTLE GULL, ICELAND GULL, CASPIAN TERN, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, BANK SWALLOW, WINTER WREN, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, VESPER SPARROW, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

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."

Five LITTLE GULLS were discovered at South Amboy April 11 in a large flock of BONAPARTE'S GULLS, while an immature ICELAND GULL April 12 and a distant WESTERN-type GREBE April 14 were also observed there. Eleven PIPING PLOVER were present at Sandy Hook April 9.

A SANDHILL CRANE was present in Wantage along Quarry Road near the Black Dirt Marsh, April 10; while up to ten RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted at the Allendale Celery Farm April 11 and 13.

The COMMON RAVEN was tallied at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (formally West Paterson) April 11 to 13. YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, WINTER WRENS, BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, PALM WARBLERS, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH were also observed there this week The RED- HEADED WOODPECKER at the Great Swamp NWR was last reported along Pleasant Plains Road April 9.

Mehrhof Pond in Little Ferry was home to 400 RUDDY DUCKS and 120 NORTHERN SHOVELERS April 10. Please be aware of private property issues when birding this location.

Four LITTLE GULLS were discovered at Spruce Run Reservoir April 10 and only remained there for about an hour. They were visible from the lot accessed by taking the first right turn after the toll station. A VESPER SPARROW was also present at the same location April 10 to 15. A BANK SWALLOW was observed over the Delaware River near Milford April 12.

PINE SISKINS have continued to frequent north Jersey feeders for the last three months with over 100 still present at the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuaries in Bernardsville. A singing LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH is also present there along the river trial.

Individual PURPLE FINCHES were noted at feeders in West Windsor April 11 and Highland Park April 15.

Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS continue near Salem off Freas Road April 11, while Mannington Marsh hosted two COMMON MOORHENS and a flyover SANDHILL CRANE April 11.

Four WHIMBREL were discovered at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR April 15, while a CASPIAN TERN was noted there earlier in the week.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was observed over the TNC's Cape Island Preserve east of Broadway in Cape May April 13.

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.

 
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