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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/17/2008
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday, April 17, 2008 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, WHIMBREL, PECTORAL SANDPIPER, WILSON'S SNIPE, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW- BELLIED SAPSUCKER, WILLOW FLYCATCHER, FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER, COMMON RAVEN, HORNED LARK, CLIFF SWALLOW, AMERICAN PIPIT, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW, VESPER SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, BLUE GROSBEAK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, EVENING GROSBEAK and seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at most New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Sandy Hook had a nice flight on Saturday April 12 that was highlighted by a female SUMMER TANAGER, a BLUE GROSBEAK, 30 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and four YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS. April 13 featured two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, one YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER and seven WINTER WRENS. The BLUE GROSBEAK was still present near the B lot on April 14. A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON was discovered along the Fisherman's Trail at Sandy Hook April 11. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

A second winter GLAUCOUS GULL was noted at South Amboy April 15, while an EURASIAN WIGEON remains in a small pond in Rumson just north of the intersection of Navesink Avenue and Hartshorne Road as of April 12. Three EVENING GROSBEAKS were present April 17 at 6 Mile Run in Somerset behind the headquarters building on Canal Road. A VESPER SPARROW was found at Huber Woods April 14.

The Allendale Celery Farm has been a birding hotspot this week with the following notable sightings: a GLOSSY IBIS present through April 16, a VIRGINIA RAIL heard from April 11-14, WILLOW FLYCATCHER April 11, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (rare for this location) April 12, AMERICAN TREE SPARROW late on April 13, and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS April 12 and four April 17.

The Great Swamp NWR was home to an AMERICAN BITTERN April 11 and 12 and three on April 16, a SORA, 46 WILSON'S SNIPE and two COMMON RAVENS, April 16. GREEN HERONS appeared this week at Sandy Hook, East Hanover and Garret Mountain. Two VESPER SPARROWS appeared at Lincoln Park in Jersey City April 11. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was recorded at the airport on Creek Road in Green Township April 12, while two PINE SISKINS visited a feeder in Flanders.

Garret Mountain Reservation in West Paterson April 13 had 3 YELLOW- BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, four WINTER WRENS, and four late FOX SPARROWS, while on April 16 the season's first COMMON YELLOWTHROAT arrived there.

A FORK-TAILED FLYCATCHER was seen briefly at Cape May Point SP on April 12. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR was home to a CASPIAN TERN April 14 and eleven WHIMBREL April 17. Palmyra Cove April 12 featured nine HORNED GREBES (with many in breeding plumage) and a YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, while Bull's Island hosted three YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS April 16.

A CLIFF SWALLOW and a HORNED LARK were discovered along Featherbed Lane in Salem, while 30 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS were tallied at Pedricktown Marsh all April 13. Pedricktown was home to 13 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS and a SOLITARY SANDPIPER April 15

Birds arriving this past week include: WHITE-EYED VIREO, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, WHITE-BREASTED NUTHATCH, HOUSE WREN, RUBY-CROWNED KINGLET, GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLET, HERMIT THRUSH, BROWN THRASHER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, PINE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, PALM WARBLER, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT and EASTERN MEADOWLARK.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at 908-766-5787 x 15 or Kristin.mylecraine@njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings@njaudbubon.org Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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