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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information about Piedmont Surveys please contact Nellie
Tsipoura at 908-766-5787 x 20 or email@example.com
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 firstname.lastname@example.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.