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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 19, 2012 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, FRANKLIN?S GULL, UPLAND SANDPIPER, LITTLE GULL, RAZORBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.
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A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen over mile marker 98 of the Garden State Parkway around 7 a.m. on Apr 17. Probably the same SWALLOW-TAILED KITE passed the Sandy Hook Migration Watch about 4 hours later that day.
An adult FRANKLIN?S GULL was discovered at Round Valley Reservoir Apr 15. The bird was with a flock of BONAPARTE?S GULLS that quickly moved to nearby Spruce Run Reservoir where the FRANKLIN?S GULL was seen again before vanishing. Also at Spruce Run Reservoir this week was a RED-THROATED LOON.
A WHITE-FACED IBIS was seen at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR Apr 13.
Sandy Hook Apr 15 had 8 AMERICAN BITTERNS, LITTLE BLUE HERON, 30+ BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, NORTHERN PARULA, PRAIRIE WARBLER, 7 PINE WARBLERS, and 3 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS. Migrants noted Apr 14 included 160 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 200 HERMIT THRUSH, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, an early EASTERN KINGBIRD, 6 WINTER WRENS, 65 PALM WARBLERS, and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER. Up to 5 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard Apr 15-16 at the hook, mostly along Atlantic Drive and near the scout camp/rusty barn area. Two SORAS were detected at Plum Island Apr 17. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch has had steady flights of accipters and falcons recently; check http://www.hawkcount.org for daily reports or come by and see what?s flying! More information about the site can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
At the Morgan Ave Mudflats 2 LITTLE GULLS (one second-cycle, one breeding-plumaged adult) were noted Apr 17. Also there that day was an early COMMON TERN and 2 BLACK SKIMMERS. More information on birding this site can be found at http://ebird.org/content/nj
A RAZORBILL was photographed in Barnegat Bay at Seaside Park Apr 15-16.
Glenhurst Meadows hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN and SOLITARY SANDPIPER Apr 14. Also in Somerset County was an early SCARLET TANAGER Apr 18 at the Sourland Mountain Preserve in Hillsborough Twp.
Garret Mountain sightings over Apr 14-15 included 35 YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 10 WINTER WRENS, 100+ HERMIT THRUSHES, 2 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 14 BROWN CREEPERS, an early WARBLING VIREO, HOODED WARBLER, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, and 600 WHITE-THROATED SPARROWS.
A SANDHILL CRANE flew over Amwell Lake WMA Apr 16.
CLIFF SWALLOWS have returned to their nesting site at the Landing Lane Bridge on the Raritan River in Piscataway Apr 14. A large flock of 100+ BONAPARTE?S GULLS were tallied from the Landing Lane Bridge north to the Raritan River?s intersection with Rte 287 Apr 13.
Wheelabrator in Gloucester County Apr 16 hosted YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 10 BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 14 PALM WARBLERS, and 3 BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS.
Dorbrook Park in Colts Neck had a LITTLE BLUE HERON, up to 22 WILSON?S SNIPE, and 5 PECTORAL SANDPIPERS at the shrinking pond on the south side of Rte 537.
Sussex County reports this week were of a GLOSSY IBIS at a small pond along Sunset Inn Rd in Lafayette Twp, a calling flyover UPLAND SANDPIPER at the junction of Rte 15 and the south end of Father Johns Rd in Sparta Twp, and an early WORM-EATING WARBLER at Culver Gap; all Apr 16.
Scott?s Mountain Hawkwatch at Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 14 tallied 5 OSPREYS, 3 BALD EAGLES, 2 NORTHERN HARRIERS, 20 SHARP-SHINNED HAWKS, 2 COOPER?S HAWKS, 60 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS, 7 RED-TAILED HAWKS, 7 AMERICAN KESTRELS, MERLIN, and PEREGRINE FALCON.
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