Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/19/2006
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 20, 2006 with reports of WHITE-FACED IBIS, WILSONS PLOVER, LITTLE GULL, GLAUCOUS GULL, GAMBELS WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A WHITE-FACED IBIS was found at the Tuckahoe portion of McNamara WMA Apr 17-18; it was described as a dull adult with red eyes and bare parts. The bird was part of a large GLOSSY IBIS flock at the small impoundment on the right along the loop road: call the CMBO Hotline for more details.

A WILSONS PLOVER was discovered on the beach off Norbury Landing Rd in the Villas, Cape May County Apr 19: call the CMBO Hotline for details.

An adult LITTLE GULL was among 300 BONAPARTES GULLS at South Amboy Apr 16, viewed from the Morgan side of the creek mouth. On Apr 17 an immature LITTLE GULL was noted there. A first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was discovered there Apr 17 and 2 first-year GLAUCOUS GULLS and an adult LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL were there Apr 18. For more information about birding this site, see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO SoAmboy.html

Sightings at Sandy Hook this week included 200+ NORTHERN GANNETS, 30 MERLINS, CASPIAN TERN, CHIMNEY SWIFT, CLIFF SWALLOW, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, PRAIRIE WARBLER, GAMBELS WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW (all at the hawkwatch platform) and INDIGO BUNTING; all Apr 15. Another CASPIAN TERN was a fly-by over the hawkwatch Apr 19. A free, detailed birding map is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

An AMERICAN BITTERN, VIRGINIA RAIL, and a SORA were all vocal at the Heronry Overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd in the Great Swamp NWR Apr 15. Also noted this week in the swamp were 2 BLUE-WINGED TEAL and large numbers of displaying WILD TURKEYS.

An excellent total of 36 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was tallied in Troy Meadows Apr 15.

Two singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were back on territory at Bulls Island State Park Apr 18.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER has been viewed for a second year in a row in the Delaware Water Gap NRA: it sings a non-typical song and is present in the spruces approximately one half mile south of Peters Valley along the fishing access trail below the Mile 9 marker on Rte 615. At Tillmans Ravine in Stokes State Forest 9 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES were back on territory Apr 14.

Birds found at the Allendale Celery Farm this week included an AMERICAN BITTERN and a late FOX SPARROW Apr 17. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was noted at Tenafly Nature Center Apr 19.


Sandy Hook Bird Observatory's annual Spring Migration Watch runs daily through May 15. Birders are encouraged to visit anytime between 9 am and 5 pm. Come by and see what's flying and say hello to this year's counter, Calvin Brennan of Michigan. For more information about the watch, see http://www.njaudubon/Centers/shbo and click on Sandy Hook Migration Watch.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Observers are requested to submit documentation (photos, field sketches, written descriptions) of Review List Species to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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