Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/2/2009
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 2 with reports of BREWER'S BLACKBIRD, LITTLE GULL, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, BLUE GROSBEAK, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey" available at New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores.

Birders are encouraged to submit reports of *Review List Species* through photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 14 Crown Drive, Warren NJ 07059.

Five BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS were found in Pennsville, Salem County Mar 28. The flock (2 males and 3 females) was seen feeding in the cow pasture near the intersection of West Supawna Rd and Freas Rd off Rte 49. Three BREWER'S BLACKBIRDS (2 males and a female) were found in the same location Mar 29 (DeLorme P. 60, H-13). Mannington Marsh continued to host high numbers of dabbling ducks over the weekend, and at Featherbed Lane near Sharptown a ROSS'S GOOSE and GREATER WHITE- FRONTED GOOSE were gleaned from the SNOW GOOSE flock there Mar 29. Fifteen RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted at the Pedricktown causeway Mar 29.

A LITTLE GULL was found at Spruce Run Reservoir Apr 1 in a flock of 25 BONAPARTE'S GULL at the fishing pier. Also at Spruce Run Reservoir this week were 86 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS and a first-cycle ICELAND GULL Mar 28. A different ICELAND GULL was at the boat launch there Mar 30. A belated report of 150 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS was received from Spruce Run on Mar 26. A RED-NECKED GREBE was noted there Mar 29. A female RED-BREASTED MERGANSER was on Round Valley Reservoir Mar 29.

Great Swamp NWR continued to host a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER near the heronry overlook and had a flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS this week. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was observed there Mar 29-30.

Garret Mountain had an influx of early spring migrants including 12 EASTERN PHOEBES and 10 FOX SPARROWS Mar 29. Also noted at Garret this week were COMMON RAVEN, WINTER WREN, PINE WARBLERS, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

Birds noted at South Amboy Mar 29 included 3 BLUE-WINGED TEAL, BALD EAGLE, and a third-cycle LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included an early "overshoot" BLUE GROSBEAK near the parking area at the visitor's center Mar 29 and a fly-over COMMON REDPOLL at the hawkwatch Mar 31. New arrivals at the hook this week included GLOSSY IBIS, BARN SWALLOW, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, and an early PRAIRIE WARBLER Mar 31 along the road to F- lot. A free detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Barnegat Light State Park hosted a male COMMON EIDER, 30+ HARLEQUIN DUCKS, RED-NECKED GREBE, and a GLAUCOUS GULL Mar 28.

A SHORT-EARED OWL was found at Mercer County Park Northwest near the Cold Soil Rd entrance Mar 29.

An extremely early PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was heard calling at Winlsow WMA in Camden County Apr 1.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly summary of birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings AT njaudubon.org Good Birding and thanks for reporting.

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