Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/19/2007
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 19, 2007 with reports of SWAINSON'S WARBLER, RUFF, BLACK-HEADED GULL, LITTLE GULLS, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A SWAINSON'S WARBLER was discovered at Sandy Hook Apr 18. The bird was found in a wet thicket behind two brick culverts at the southwest corner of the field south of parking area K. Other migrants found at the hook this week were YELLOW-BILLED CUCKOO, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, OVENBIRD, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, 4 INDIGO BUNTINGS, and BLUE GROSBEAK. An adult LITTLE GULL was found off the end of the fisherman's trail Apr 19 and a first-year LITTLE GULL was found at Plum Island Apr 15. A SANDWICH TERN was a fly-by over parking area B Apr 18 and a CASPIAN TERN flew past SHBO Apr 13. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

At Seven Presidents Park in Long Branch an adult alternate plumage BLACK-HEADED GULL, 2-3 LITTLE GULLS, and 2 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS were found Apr 15. The BLACK-HEADED GULL and one LITTLE GULL were still present there Apr 16. Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS (one adult and one first-year) were found at Griffin St Memorial Park in Monmouth Beach Apr 16 and a LITTLE GULL was noted there Apr 17. Another LITTLE GULL was noted off Pullman Ave in Elberon Apr 15 & 16.

Further south along the North Shore the drake EURASIAN WIGEON was sighted again at Silver Lake in Belmar Apr 15-16, 2 RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at Wreck Pond Apr 16, 2 LITTLE GULLS continued through Apr 18 at Manasquan Inlet and a first-year ICELAND GULL and an early LEAST TERN were detected there Apr 16. Most unusual was a YELLOW- THROATED WARBLER at the corner of 13th and Ocean Blvd in Belmar Apr 14.

A RUFF was discovered in Gloucester County off the railroad tracks along High Hill Rd Apr 14 and viewed again there on a rising tide Apr 19.

At Shelter Cove in Toms River the wintering GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GOOSE was seen Apr 17-18 along with a PECTORAL SANDPIPER.

Two RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at the Barnegat Twp municipal boat dock Apr 16.

At Spruce Run Reservoir 19 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, RED-THROATED LOON, RED- NECKED GREBE, and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER were found Apr 15. One RED- NECKED GREBE remained through Apr 19; a CASPIAN TERN was found there the same day. Also in Hunterdon County 3 RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at Round Valley Reservoir Apr 18.

Culvers Lake in Sussex County had RED-NECKED GREBE, 14 HORNED GREBES, and 2 RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS Apr 13.

Liberty State Park in Jersey City hosted 3 SURF SCOTERS and up to 8 FOX SPARROWS this week.


The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily, weather permitting. This 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 written by Scott Barnes and/or Pete Bacinski. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of review list species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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