Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/22/2004
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for April 22, 2004 with reports of SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, PURPLE GALLINULE, 'BLACK' BRANT, NORTHERN GOSHAWK, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.

A SWALLOW-TAILED KITE was seen in Cape May Apr 20. The PURPLE GALLINULE at the Wetlands Institute was last reported the same day. Call the CMBO Hotline for details.

A 'BLACK' BRANT was observed on the parade grounds north of Sandy Hook Bird Observatory Apr 21. Twelve AMERICAN BITTERNS were seen leaving North Pond at dusk Apr 17. The Sandy Hook Migration Watch had a NORTHERN GOSHAWK Apr 17 and 3 BALD EAGLES Apr 19. Single SORA and VIRGINIA RAILS were noted at the small pond on the west side of Plum Island this week. A second-year ICELAND GULL flew past K-lot Apr 16. A SHORT-EARED OWL was discovered near the Ranger Station Apr 17 and the BARRED OWL continues to be heard north of the Scout camp. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was in the locust grove Apr 22 and a VESPER SPARROW was in the field south of Gunnison Rd Apr 20. Early migrants at the hook this week were a BLUE GROSBEAK Apr 16 and 2 ORCHARD ORIOLES Apr 19.

A CASPIAN TERN was noted at Wreck Pond Apr 21.

Weekend reports from Garrett Mountain included a continuing ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER through Apr 17; 10+ YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, 40+ WINTER WRENS, NORTHERN PARULA, and RUSTY BLACKBIRD.

YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS are again nesting near Losen Slote in Little Ferry. The nearby Bergen County Utilities Authority pond off Mehrhof Rd had 500 RUDDY DUCKS and Kearny Marsh had 200 GADWALL this week.

A pair of displaying AMERICAN BITTERN continues at the overlook at the end of Pleasant Plains Rd in Great Swamp NWR this weekend. Also in the swamp were a YELLOW-THROATED VIREO Apr 19, RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, and a VESPER SPARROW at the WOC.

Hunterdon County sightings included a flock of 48 LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULLS at the Pittstown Sod Farm Apr 18, seen briefly in the early morning. Spruce Run Reservoir had a good passerine flight Apr 18 including 150 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 11 PINE WARBLERS, 6 PALM WARBLERS, and PRAIRIE WARBLERS.

Merrill Creek Reservoir had 22 COMMON LOONS, CLIFF SWALLOW, and WHITE-EYED VIREO Apr 18.

A fairly reliable flock of 30+ AMERICAN PIPITS has been at Kittatinny Valley State Park this week, found in the burned fields near the parking lot on the south side of Goodale Rd. They are most often between the parking lot and the upper end of Twin Lakes.

A SANDHILL CRANE was a flyover in Springfield, Union County Apr 17.

A VESPER SPARROW was noted at Plainsboro Preserve Apr 17.

Brigantine NWR had 15 WHIMBREL and SHORT-EARED OWL Apr 17.

Announcements: The Mill Creek Marsh Restoration Site in the Hackensack Meadowlands looks promising for spring shorebirds. Access is off Rt. 3 behind the Mill Creek Mall.

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

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