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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/24/2008
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 24, 2008 with reports of MISSISSIPPI KITE, SCISSOR- TAILED FLYCATCHER, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements. Most locations mentioned in this report can be found in Bill Boyle's "A Bird Finding Guide to New Jersey," available at most New Jersey Audubon Society Bookstores

WHITE-FACED IBIS, YELLOW RAIL, and EURASIAN COLLARED-DOVE were all found in the Cape May region this week; see the CMBO Birding Hotline for more information.

A SCISSOR-TAILED FLYCATCHER was found at Brigantine NWR Apr 23 in the large field to the left of the wildlife drive after you leave the north dike. Three VIRGINIA RAILS and 2 singing SEDGE WRENS were in the large cattail marsh along the last stretch of the north dike the same day; 125 WHIMBRELS, 10 SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHERS, and 2 CASPIAN TERNS were noted Apr 20 and a first-year GLAUCOUS GULL was there Apr 19.

Hawkins Rd in Burlington County hosted BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, 3 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS, HOODED WARBLER, WORM-EATING WARBLER, and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH Apr 24.

Sandy Hook sightings this week included 1-2 AMERICAN BITTERNS and a singing LEAST BITTERN at north pond, an AMERICAN WOODCOCK with 7 chicks near the visitor center Apr 21, 12+ Merlins at the hawk watch Apr 24, the calling BARRED OWL along raccoon alley, 2 LESSER BLACK- BACKED GULLS at the end of the fisherman's trail Apr 19, BLACK- THROATED GREEN WARBLER and NASHVILLE WARBLER around the hawk watch Apr 21, and a BALTIMORE ORIOLE at SHBO Apr 19. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.

Other Monmouth County reports this week were of 3 CASPIAN TERNS at Wreck Pond Apr 22 and a HOODED WARBLER and LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH at the Eatontown Arboretum Apr 18.

A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found in Elizabeth River Park southwest of Conant Ave at the border of Union/Hillside Apr 20. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER continues in the flooded woods on the north side of Omar Ave in Avenel this week.

GRASSHOPPER SPARROWS were back on territory at Six Mile Run State Park and at the Negri-Nepote Grasslands in Franklin Twp Apr 24. For more information on birding and bird walks at Negri-Nepote, see http://www.njaudubon.org/Conservation/Franklin.html

Two immature MISSISSIPPI KITES were reported over the intersection of Rte 57 and Brass Castle Rd in Washington Twp, Warren County Apr 19. Also in the county this week along Old Mine Rd/Worthington State Forest were BROAD-WINGED HAWK, 3+ BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, 12 NORTHERN PARULAS, several LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and PURPLE FINCH.

Birds noted at Garret Mountain Apr 24 included 10+ HERMIT THRUSH, 2 WINTER WRENS, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, 3 BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLERS, and a WORM-EATING WARBLER.

A TRUMPETER SWAN was found at Wallkill River NWR's Liberty Loop impoundments Apr 19; a SPOTTED SANDPIPER was noted there that day as well.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Your help is needed! The New Jersey Audubon Society is currently recruiting volunteers for bird surveys in grassland and Piedmont areas of the state through our Citizen Science Program. Participants must have prior experience in bird identification and be willing to commit one weekend day in April for training and 2 to 4 days for surveys. For more information about grassland surveys contact Kristin Mylecraine at 908-766-5787 x 15 or kristin.mylecraine@njaudubon.org For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or nellie.tsipoura@njaudubon.org

The Sandy Hook Migration Watch welcomes visitors and is open to the public daily. The annual count of migratory birds is conducted at the North Pond Observation Deck adjacent to parking area K. For more information see http://www.njaudubon.org/Centers/SHBO

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report birds please call 732-872-2500 or email sightings@njaudubon.org 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. Thanks for calling and reporting.

 
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