Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/22/1998
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Wed Apr. 22 with reports of RUFF, EVENING GROSBEAK, LITTLE GULLS and BLACK-HEADED GULLS, early arrivals, local reports and seasonal birds. The black and chestnut RUFF was last reported at Pedricktown Apr. 15.

Recently both BLACK-HEADED GULL and LITTLE GULL have been seen at the Salem Nuke Plant along with ICELAND GULL.

EVENING GROSBEAKS continue in the early morning at 1069 Veterans Highway in Jackson; the SISKINS are gone from there.

RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen this week on Pleasant Plains Road, Great Swamp; also in Weequahic Park, Newark, and in Cranford.

Palmyra Apr.18 had AMERICAN BITTERN, SORA and VIRGINIA RAIL. Sandy Hook Apr. 15 had GOSHAWK; Apr. 18 at the Hook, there was a good hawk flight with 40+ SHARPSHINNED HAWKS, 30+ COOPERS, 20 KESTREL, 8 MERLIN and a few others; an early PARULA was at the Garden, 2 WHITE-CROWNED SPARROWS were in the Bowl at North Pond, INDIGO BUNTING at Brookdale, lots of GANNETS, and flyby CORMORANTS, LOONS, IBIS, SCOTERS and RED-BREASTED MERGANSERS.

Garret Mt. Apr. 20 had BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and WHITE-EYED VIREOS, BLACK-AND-WHITE, PARULA, PRAIRIE WARBLERS, PALM WARBLERS and MYRTLE WARBLERS, WINTER WRENS, HOUSE WRENS and WOOD THRUSH. A PEREGRINE was in Mendham this week. BLUE-HEADED VIREO was in Kuser Bog, High Point State Park Apr. 12. RED-BREASTED NUTHATCHES (a pair) are at 3.0 on Clinton Rd. A BARRED OWL was in the Fisherman's Lot on Lord Stirling Rd. Apr. 19. CHIMNEY SWIFT arrived in Trenton Apr. 17. HOUSE WREN was at Hoffman Apr. 22.

Stipson Island Road in Cape May County had STILT SANDPIPER this week. BROADWINGED HAWKS, THRASHERS, GNATCATCHERS, HERMIT THRUSHES, ROUGHWINGED SWALLOWS and BARN SWALLOWS were widely reported this week. An EASTERN KINGBIRD was on 206 near Ross's Corner, Sussex County Apr. 22. YELLOW WARBLER arrived in Somerset Co. Apr. 21.

For the first time in 1998, no CROSSBILL reports were received this week. Last reports were Worthington Forest and Oradell Res.

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