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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/17/2001
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.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Documentation of review list species goes to NJBRC, 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman 08558. Good birding and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

 
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