This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday, April 17, 1991, at 11 AM, with reports of SWAINSON'S HAWK, BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULLS, BLACK-HEADED GULLS, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, AVOCET, RUFF, CASPIAN TERN, GLAUCOUS GULL, VESPER SPARROW, unseasonably early arrivals, local reports, and updates.
For the first time since the Mother of all Winters, EARED GREBE was not reported to the tape this week. The season's second SWAINSON'S HAWK was over Sandy Hook hawkwatch on April 12; also at the hawkwatch this week, a GOSHAWK April 8, and BROADWING April 10. Sandy Hook also had 210 hawks on April 10. Montclair hawkwatch has had BROADWINGS since April 5.
Salem County was very hot April 13-14. There were 8 BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS still on S. Featherbed Ln. near the barn and paddock on April 14. One adult LITTLE GULL and one immature BLACK-HEADED GULL were at the Salem Nuclear Plant outfall on April 13; and 5 LITTLE GULLS and the BLACK-HEADED GULL were there April 14. The AVOCET was at the Rt. 540 Causeway at Mannington Marsh April 13, along with 2 CASPIAN TERNS and a BALD EAGLE. CASPIAN TERNS also arrived at the nuclear plant outfall on April 13. A RUFF was seen briefly at Pedricktown April 14. Two LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS, one adult and one sub-adult, were in a flock of RING-BILLS at Compromise Rd., Salem Cty., on April 13.
Elsewhere, 3 second-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were on a farm field on Herbert Rd., near Assunpink Wildlife Mgmt. Area, April 15, with 30 HERRING and 10 LAUGHING GULLS and a few RING-BILLS. A GLAUCOUS GULL was at Ocean Grove on the Monmouth County shore April 14, and GANNETS and OYSTERCATCHERS were at Island Beach the same day. Three VESPER SPARROWS were on territory at Alpha April 14.
The early warm southerly flow this season has produced some astonishing early migrant arrivals. A MAGNOLIA WARBLER was in Rockaway on April 9; a NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH was in Millstone the same day. KINGBIRDS were seen April 12 at Scherman Hoffman Sanctuary and April 14 in Harding Township. A VEERY was at Scherman Hoffman April 16, and a WORM-EATING WARBLER was there today, April 17. A CERULEAN WARBLER was at Allaire State Park April 14; a RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD was at Sandy Hook April 10.
A bit closer to normal were a CLIFF SWALLOW at Bull's Island April 14 along with YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS. 8 SOLITARY VIREOS were at Scherman Hoffman April 17 along with 2 YELLOW WARBLERS on a very good flight, with large numbers of KINGLETS, GNATCATCHERS, and other April migrants.
The Voice of NJ Audubon [(908) 766-2661] is a regular weekly report on birding in New Jersey. The tape is changed regularly on Wednesdays, more often when necessary. [Compiled by R. Kane, NJ Audubon; transcribed for National Birding Hotline Cooperative by L. Larson, llarson@ pucc.princeton.edu.] To report birds to the tape, call (908) 766-5787, or fax (908) 766-7775. For updates between tapes call the NJ Audubon Bird Mailbox, (201) 983-9152. Good birding, and thank you for calling.