Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/21/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Apr 20 with reports of Townsend's Solitaire, Ross's Goose(Review List species); and also Little and Iceland gulls, Harlequin, seasonal arrivals, and local reports.

The Townsend's Solitaire was alive and well on April 18 in the usual spot on East Point Road in Heislerville, about 1.2 miles from Main St. An adult Ross's Goose was well described and photographed at the Oakland Industrial Park in Oakland, Bergen County off Franklin Lakes Road on April 18 near the day care center.

A Little Gull was seen Apr 15 in South Amboy among 80 Bonaparte's Gulls, and an Iceland Gull continues on Sandy Hook at North Beach pavilion, I Lot, on the beach with other gulls. A Bald Eagle was reported Apr 14 over lakehurst. Allaire State park had a good flight Apr 18 of Palm, Pine and Myrtle warblers, and gnatcatchers. Some 15 harlequins continue at Barnegat Inlet.

Trenton Marsh saw a good flight Apr 17, with abundant Myrtles, a few Palm and one Pine Warbler, gnatcatchers and kinglets and a few Rusty Blackbirds; also a big movement of broadwings and cormorants; an Iceland Gull, Ring-necked Duck, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, gadwall and wigeon; Great Egret, BCN Heron and Green Heron; coot and moorhen, Pied- billed Grebe, and lesser yellowlegs.

Great Swamp Apr 19 had White-eyed Vireo, Winter Wren and Blue- winged Teal at the Green Village end of the Meyersville Rd before the spruce grove, and Virginia Rails calling in daylight at the small boardwalk over the marsh below the spruce grove; also in the Great Swamp, lots of snipe and Green-winged Teal were in the wet field next to the HQ driveway on Pleasant Plains Road; also on Pleasant Plains Road, a female Hooded Merganser is around a wood duck box on the left before the sharp bend at the 10 mph sign; Rusty Blackbird and Solitary Sandpiper were at the Fisherman's Access at the White Bridge; Pied-billed Grebe is on the AT&T Pond on Madisonville Road.

Spruce Run Apr 19 had Common Loon and Horned Grebe. Common Loon was also on Lake Parsippany this week. The Stahl Natural Area in Bedminster on River Road had Spotted Sandpiper, osprey, sapsucker, Palm Warbler, gnatcatchers, broadwing, Cooper's Hawk, several kestrels and Brown Thrasher. Meadowlarks are common on the Lamington Road in Bedminster(Rte. 523).

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