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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/23/2009
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, April 23, 2009 with reports of WESTERN GREBE, GREAT CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW RAIL, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, PIPING PLOVER, WHIMBREL, BLACK-HEADED GULL, ICELAND GULL, LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, SHORT-EARED OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW- BELLIED SAPSUCKER, CLIFF SWALLOW, WOOD THRUSH, KENTUCKY WARBLER, HOODED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, INDIGO BUNTING, BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS (POSSIBLE), RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A WESTERN GREBE continues at South Amboy as of April 22. This is probably the same bird that has frequented the South Amboy/Sandy Hook/ Staten Island area the last few years. A LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was also present at South Amboy April 22.

Two BLACK-HEADED GULLS were observed by the Sandy Hook migration watcher from the observation deck at the north end of the ?Hook? on April 23. Two AMERICAN BITTERNS were around North Pond at Sandy Hook April 20 with one there April 22. April 18 on Sandy Hook provided two YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS, a HOODED WARBLER, a LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH (rare on the ?Hook?), and four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS, while April 20 featured three PIPING PLOVER and an ICELAND GULL.

A WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILL was photographed in a yard in Basking Ridge April 23.

The Great Swamp NWR hosted a VESPER SPARROW by the Friend?s building on April 17. A VIRGINIA RAIL April 18 and Sora and an AMERICAN BITTERN April 19 were all heard calling from the Gazebo lot on Pleasant Plains Road.. A YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER was also present and calling at the latter location April 19. Another AMERICAN BITTERN was discovered at the Stahl Tract WMA in Bedminster April 17.

A first of the season INDIGO BUNTING visited a feeder in Scotch Plains April 18 and four RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were noted at Troy Meadows April 17. Early was a WOOD THRUSH discovered at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park (formally West Paterson) April 21. An AMERICAN BITTERN was present at the Allendale Celery Farm April 18 and 19 and a RUSTY BLACKBIRD April 19. PINE SISKINS continue at the feeders at Scherman-Hoffman Sanctuary in Bernardsville. The Princeton Institute Woods hosted a HOODED WARBLER April 19.

A male and two female BREWER?S BLACKBIRDS were reported in a fenced field near the iron bridge on Kingtown Road in Pittstown April 19.

Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted two CASPIAN TERNS and a KENTUCKY WARBLER April 18. A CLIFF SWALLOW was discovered among a large flock of swallows at the Gull Pond there as well as 35 WHIMBREL and the first of season SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS and LEAST SANDPIPERS. A RED- HEADED WOODPECKER was photographed in a backyard in Egg Harbor Township April 22 and a CASPIAN TERN frequented a pond near the Galloway Township Library also April 22.

A YELLOW RAIL returned to Turkey Point in Cumberland County again this year on April 18 and was heard calling 0.7 miles down Turkey Point Road. A VIRGINIA RAIL was also present calling there. Two PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were singing at Glassboro Woods April 17.

In the category of birds on the move or arriving this week include: RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, BANK SWALLOW, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WHITE-EYED VIREO, HOUSE WREN, BROWN THRASHER, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, ORCHARD ORIOLE, WHITE- CROWNED SPARROW and PURPLE FINCH.

Reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written Documentation) go to the New Jersey Bird Records Committee at 14 Crown Drive, Warren, NJ 07059 or report AT njbrc.net.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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