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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/17/2013
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Wednesday April 17, 2013 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, MISSISSIPPI KITE, AMERICAN GOLDEN PLOVER, BLACK-HEADED GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

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NJ Audubon's Cape MAYgration event has a Youth Birding Day along the Delaware Bayshore May 18. For more information see: http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCapeMayBirdObservatory/CapeMAYgrationShorebirdHorseshoeCrabFest/YouthBirdingDay.aspx

Two first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULLS continue this week at the Morgan Mudflats (South Amboy). A NELSON'S GULL (hybrid Glaucous X Herring Gull) was seen again Apr 13. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal: http://ebird.org/content/nj/news/birding-the-morgan-mudflats-south-amboy

A drake EURASIAN WIGEON was noted at Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck Apr 11.

Garret Mountain had a good flight Apr 14 with NORTHERN SAW-WHET OWL, 15 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 14 EASTERN PHOEBES, 100 HERMIT THRUSHES, 35 BROWN CREEPERS, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, and VESPER SPARROW.

An AMERICAN GOLDEN-PLOVER was found near the DeKorte Environment Center Apr 16-17. Also in Bergen County Apr 17 were 8 HORNED GREBES and 4 RED-NECKED GREBES on Lake Tappan.

Merrill Creek Reservoir raptors noted Apr 14 included 3 MERLINS, 2 MISSISSIPPI KITES, and 160 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

A waterbird fallout at Spruce Run Reservoir Apr 17 included 3 RED-THROATED LOONS, 100+ HORNED GREBES, LONG-TAILED DUCK, SURF SCOTER, CASPIAN TERN, FORSTER'S TERN, and an early COMMON TERN.

Another MISSISSIPPI KITE was reported over the D&R Canal near Landing Lane Apr 15.

Troy Meadows had an impressive flock of 410 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and 2 VIRGINIA RAILS Apr 14.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was on Boonton Reservoir Apr 13. A SURF SCOTER was noted there Apr 17.

A COMMON GALLINULE and SORA were noted at Mannington Marsh this week.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR birds noted Apr 14 included BLUE-WINGED TEAL and 6 WHIMBRELS.

VESPER SPARROWS were reported from Dismal Swamp in Middlesex County Apr 13, Great Swamp NWR Apr 14-15, and Liberty State Park Apr 15.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Dr, Warren NJ 07059. Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

 
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