This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Friday April 2, 2010 with reports of BLACK BRANT, SPOTTED TOWHEE, seasonal and local reports of interest.
A Black Brant was found at Lake Como Mar 28.
The female SPOTTED TOWHEE continues at "the big pit" area of Palmyra Cove through Mar 31.
Foul weather at Round Valley Reservoir Mar 26 produced 21 LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 2 GREAT CORMORANTS, and 43 HORNED GREBES. At Spruce Run Reservoir the same day an exceptional count of 55 HORNED GREBES was tallied along with 4 LONG-TAILED DUCKS. Two BLACK SCOTERS were observed at Round Valley Reservoir Mar 27 and an ICELAND GULL was noted at Spruce Run the same day.
An adult male YELLOW-HEADED BLACKBIRD was found among a flock of RED-WINGED BLACKBIRDS along Sunset Rd at Mannington Marsh Mar 27. A male EURASIAN WIGEON was detected in the wetland on the north side of Sunset Rd at Mannington Marsh Mar 28. Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS were reported among a large gull flock on the lawn at Fort Mott State Park Apr 1.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a first-cycle ICELAND GULL off SHBO Mar 28-31. Another first-cycle ICELAND GULL is frequenting the false hook area. A STILT SANDPIPER was found Mar 31-Apr 1 at the large puddle at the foot of K-lot. A flock of 300+ SCOTERS of all three species was noted off B-lot along with 7 PIPING PLOVERS Mar 31. Other migrants noted at the hook this week included 32 GLOSSY IBIS, 4 RED-SHOULDERED HAWKS, PURPLE MARTIN, and PURPLE FINCH. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch operates daily from 9-5, weather permitting; visitors are welcome.
Garret Mountain migrants Apr 1 included YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, 4 BROWN CREEPERS, PINE WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.
At Merrill Creek Reservoir 3 PRAIRIE WARBLERS were noted Mar 31.
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