Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/21/2005
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, April 21, 2005 with reports of RUFF, LITTLE GULL, seasonal and local reports of interest and announcements.

A winter-plumaged RUFF has been seen Apr 17-18 at Raccoon Creek, north of the traditional Pedricktown marsh, in Gloucester Co. NJ. From Rt. 130 turn south/east on High Hill road and park on the road shoulder where there is a small parking area for about three cars on the south side of the road. The bird has been seen on the mud flats at lower tides; it might also be seen from the northbound shoulder of Rt. 130 itself. Caution: the railroad tracks are active, particularly on weekdays (DeLorme P. 53, K-20 & 21).

An adult LITTLE GULL was noted off Sandy Hook's north beach Apr 20. A juvenile NORTHERN GOSHAWK was found in the locust grove that day. An ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER was discovered north of the boy scout camp Apr 21. A good hawk flight Apr 18 had 4 BLACK VULTURES, juvenile BALD EAGLE, all 3 falcons, and numbers of accipiters. An AMERICAN BITTERN was found at north pond Apr 16. Two PIPING PLOVERS were noted at the end of the fisherman's trail the same day. A good flight of passerines occurred Apr 18 & 20-21, mostly comprised of PALM WARBLERS, SAVANNAH SPARROWS, CHIPPING SPARROWS, and DARK-EYED JUNCOS. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway at the observation deck adjacent to K-lot; visitors are always welcome. Check the sightings log at SHBO for daily reports.

Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville hosted a VESPER SPARROW Apr 16. Also noted there were PILEATED WOODPECKER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH.

At nearby Great Swamp NWR this week were AMERICAN BITTERN and 2 RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS, both at the end of Pleasant Plains Road.

Garret Mountain had a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER Apr 17 along with some short-distance migrants and typical mid-April arrivals.

ANNOUNCEMENTS: See Life Paulagics is running a pelagic trip out of Belmar on Saturday April 23 for alcids, gulls, fulmar, and others, cost $110. For information call 215-234-6805 or visit their website http://www.paulagics.com

The New Jersey Audubon Society will host "An Evening with David Sibley" on Friday, April 29 at the Fair Winds in Basking Ridge. A 6:30 p.m. cocktail hour with cash bar will be followed by 7:30 p.m. dinner, then David Sibley's program, "Birdwatching in the 21st Century." Seating will be limited, and is going fast. More information can be found at http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/Scherman/Sibleydinner, or call the New Jersey Audubon Society at (908) 766-5787.

An overnight pelagic is scheduled out of Barnegat Light May 21-22; cost is $119. Contact font@focusonnature,com or call 1-800-721-9886

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500. Reports of Review List Species go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. Thanks for calling and reporting.

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