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
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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