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
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
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.