Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/18/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 18, 2002 with reports of WHITE-WINGED DOVE, SEDGE WREN, COMMON RAVEN, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest.

A WHITE-WINGED DOVE was reported in the Cape May Meadows April 13; call the Cape May Birding Hotline for more information.

Two SEDGE WRENS were found at Brigantine NWR April 18 at the beginning of the Leeds Eco-Trail. Walk the boardwalk for 20-30 yards and look to the left.

A COMMON RAVEN continued daily this week at Sandy Hook. The bird is frequently seen perched in a large tree just north of the Sandy Hook Lighthouse.The hook had a good flight April 17 with 300 PALM WARBLERS, 6 PRAIRIE WARBLERS, OVENBIRD, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH and 4 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS. North Pond had 2-3 AMERICAN BITTERNS daily and a YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT April 13. A first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was along North Beach April 15.

Old Mine Road in Worthington State Forest April 15 had several Louisiana Waterthrushes, Northern Parulas, an early Worm-eating Warbler and Pine Warblers at Watergate.

Merrill Creek Reservoir had a good flight in the fog April 13 with 18 HORNED GREBES, 100 BUFFLEHEADS, 11 BONAPARTES GULLS, numbers of both RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS and GOLDEN-CROWNED KINGLETS, RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH, and 2 PINE SISKINS.

Plainsboro Preserves McKormack Lake hosted a GREAT CORMORANT through April 13.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS continue along Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp this week.

Island Beach State Park hosted VIRGINIA RAIL, RED KNOT, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER April 17.

Assunpink WMA had a flock of 96 AMERICAN PIPITS in the field south of the dam and near the famed Mulberry Tree.

A YELLOW-BREASTED CHAT was found in Hartshorne Woods Park April 17.

Widely reported migrants this week were BANK SWALLOW, HOUSE WREN, YELLOW WARBLER and PURPLE FINCH.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ.To report birds, please call 732-872-2500.Documentation of review list species goes 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.

Compiler: Scott Barnes

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