This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Tue Apr 17 with reports of Review
List BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS, ROSS'S GOOSE; updates on the PA BLACK-BACKED
WOODPECKER; other reports of LITTLE GULLS, RED-NECKED GREBES, CASPIAN
TERN, WHIPPOORWILLS, STILT SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, seasonal arrivals
and local reports.
Several BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were reported at Apple Blossom Farm on the
Fort Elfsborg Road in Salem Apr 11. Nearby on Money island Road, a GREAT
HORNED OWL nest on a power tower is in an Osprey nest. And the BARN OWL
continues in the barn by the refrigerators on Acton farm (Mason Point)
Road. The Nuke plant GREAT HORNED OWL is also still on the nest on the
tower, and yet another GREAT HORNED OWL in Salem is on the nest at the
Haines Neck WMA off Rte 540 along the creek (walk left). Elsewhere in
Salem, CASPIAN TERNS are at Mannington Marsh. A white ROSS'S GOOSE was
at Featherbed Lane again this week; a small blue morph goose in the same
area was seen to have a grinning patch and a thick bill and head,
suggesting a runt Snow or a back-cross.
Adult LITTLE GULLS were briefly on Swartswood and Culver's lakes on Apr
10 along with RED-NECKED GREBES on both. Three RED-NECKED GREBES were on
Lake Parsippany Apr 16.
The Pennsylvania BLACK-BACKED WOODPECKER continues at PEEC off 209 below
Dingman's Bridge. It was seen daily Apr 12 thru 16 at least; notices of
recent sightings are now posted at the building. Sightings are in the
pines along the road to the right of the building but the bird has also
been seen in pines to the left. Looks are good and close.
Despite the Friday the 13th syndrome, there was a monster April fallout
at Sandy Hook on Apr 13: thousands of BLACKBIRDS, hundreds of JUNCOS and
SAVANNAH SPARROWS; 60+ SWAMP SPARROWS; 50+ PALM WARBLERS; 200 KESTRELS;
5 AMERICAN BITTERNS; 100 N. ROUGHWINGED SWALLOWS; as well as EGRETS, PIPITS, 50
COMMON LOONS, and BLUE-HEADED VIREO, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH,
ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, NORTHERN PARULA, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER,
WHIP-POOR-WILL and ICELAND GULL (at Spermaceti Cove).
Cumberland this week was lively: Dividing Creek Apr 15 had PROTHONOTARY
WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, GNATCATCHER. Bivalve had STILT SANDPIPER
at the High Street boardwalk; lots of YELLOWLEGS there. Jakes Landing
had WOOD THRUSH, WHIP-POOR-WILLS and several GREAT HORNED OWLS plus
seven species of WARBLERS.
Reported moving this week were WINTER WREN, WHITE-EYED and BLUE-HEADED
VIREOS, BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, SEASIDE SPARROW, BROWN THRASHER, GLOSSY
IBIS, HERMIT THRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM and PINE WARBLERS,
BROAD-WINGED HAWK, CHIPPING SPARROW and COMMON YELLOWTHROAT.
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