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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/17/2003
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 BUNTING.

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 WARBLERS.

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 font@focusonnaturetours.com

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.

 
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