This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for April 17, 2003 with
reports of LONG-BILLED CURLEW, SAYS PHOEBE, SWAINSONS HAWK,
SANDHILL CRANES, VESPER SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of
interest, and announcements.
The LONG-BILLED CURLEW was seen again in Wildwood Apr 16. Call
the CMBO Hotline for details.
A SAYS PHOEBE was discovered at Garrett Mountain Reservation Apr
16 but not reported the following day. It was seen around the
horse stables at the top of the hill. Also at Garrett this week
were BROAD-WINGED HAWK, five YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS and other
typical April migrants.
An immature SWAINSONS HAWK was reported at Sandy Hook Apr
16. This species is extremely rare in spring. The Hook had a good
flight Apr 15-16 with five hundred raptors including 21 MERLINS,
50+ HERMIT THRUSH, three WHIP-POOR-WILLS, CLIFF SWALLOW, HOODED
WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and VESPER SPARROW. Other new
arrivals there included GREEN HERON, WHITE-EYED VIREO, AND INDIGO
A SANDHILL CRANE was seen along James Street in Morristown,
one-quarter mile south of the intersection of Harter Road. The
bird was seen from 7:30 to dusk roosting in a field. Another
SANDHILL CRANE passed the Montclair Hawkwatch the same day. It
was the watchs second Sandhill of the season.
Allaire State Park this week hosted WINTER WREN, LOUISIANA
WATERTHRUSH, FOX SPARROW, and numbers of PINE WARBLERS and PALM
Bulls Island State Park had two YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS south
of the bridge Apr 16.
Two AMERICAN BITTERNS were found at the Great Swamp- one at the
Wildlife Observation Center and another at Woodland Road.
Birds at the Allendale Celery Farm included two AMERICAN BITTERNS
Apr 13 and VESPER SPARROW Apr 15.
The Sussex County Landfill in Lafayette still had single LESSER
BLACK-BACKED GULLS and ICELAND GULLS Apr 15.
The plowed fields along Oberly Road in Alpha contained four
LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS Apr 13.
Brigantine NWR Apr 13 had AMERICAN BITTERN, 10 BLUE-WINGED TEAL,
and 2-3 SHORT-EARED OWLS.
Barnegat Light still had 22 HARLEQUIN DUCKS, 42 PURPLE SANDPIPERS
and an INDIGO BUNTING Apr 13.
Announcements: A bird sightings book for Garret Mountain has been
set up at My Sister's Deli across the street from the south end
of the park. Birders are encouraged to patronize the deli for
hosting this service.
Merrill Creek Reservoir has re-opened due to a downgrade in the
security color alert.
A pelagic trip to NJ/NY waters is scheduled from Belmar Apr 26,
looking for Great Skua, fulmar, late alcids, and gulls. For more
information contact See Life Paulagics at 215-234-6805 or visit
their website at http://www.paulagics.com
An overnight pelagic to the Hudson Canyon is scheduled for May
25/26 from Barnegat Light. For more information contact Focus on
Nature Tours at 1-800-721-9986 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in
New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of
review list species go to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91
Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing
you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.