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
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.