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