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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/24/2014
This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday, April 24, 2014 with reports of BLUE-WINGED TEAL, KING EIDER, COMMON EIDER, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, NEOTROPIC CORMORANT, AMERICAN BITTERN, LEAST BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, SANDHILL CRANE, PIPING PLOVER, SOLITARY SANDPIPER, UPLAND SANDPIPER, PURPLE SANDPIPER, ICELAND GULL, RAZORBILL, SNOWY OWL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, FOX SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and seasonal reports of interest, and announcements.

The NEOTROPIC CORMORANT continues at DeMott Pond and other Clinton Locations as of April 24. A RED-NECKED GREBE was observed at Spruce Run Reservoir April 18-19 along with an Iceland Gull April 19. Individual PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were discovered at Round Valley Reservoir and the summit of Baldpate Mountain both April 19, while a CERULEAN WARBLER was noted at the Passaic River Park in Berkeley Heights. April 20.

Island Beach SP was home to a COMMON EIDER, three YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERONS, and 18 LITTLE BLUE HERONS April 19. A late RAZORBILL was found at Barnegat Light SP April 17 where a HARLEQUIN DUCK continues to linger as of April 21. The state park was also home to a few PURPLE SANDPIPERS and a possible KING EIDER April 21. Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR hosted a Singing SEASIDE SPARROW April 19 and the Bridge to Nowhere (Stafford Avenue) in Manahawkin a LEAST BITTERN April 20.

Three PIPING PLOVERS and a RED-NECKED GREBE were present at Sandy Hook April 19, while the Hook provided two SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, a RUSTY BLACKBIRD and both LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH April 22, and a LEAST BITTERN April 23. A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was observed near the east side of Manasquan Reservoir April 19. Two ICELAND GULLS were discovered just north of the Freehold Raceway Mall, April 18-19.

The singing YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER continues at Colonial Park in Somerset by the Rose Garden as of April 23, with possibly a second bird present also April 23 along with a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER April 23. Individual RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were noted at the Ridgewood Duck Pond and Warinanco Park in Elizabeth both April 18,

A SNOWY OWL, perhaps NJ?s last for the season was discovered at Liberty SP April 18, while a VESPER SPARROW was tallied there April 22. A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was found in the NJ Meadowlands at the Kearny Marsh April 19. The Great Swamp NWR hosted an AMERICAN BITTERN April 18 and a SANDHILL CRANE and a VIRGINIA RAIL April 20.

The LITTLE BLUE HERON at Loantaka Park in Morristown continues as of April 23, while a pair of BLUE-WINGED TEAL was noted there April 20. A PROTHONOTARY WARBLER returned to Lord Stirling Park in Basking Ridge at the observation Tower April 21. This is probably the northern most annual nesting PROTHONOTARY WARBLER in NJ. Five RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were tallied there April 20 by kayaking birders.

An excellent discovery was an UPLAND SANDPIPER on Mill Road in Edison, April 19. A COMMON RAVEN was noted in Edison April 20 also along Mill Road and one at Middlesex Community College April 21.

A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was present at Negri-Nepote in Franklin April 22 and a late FOX SPARROW was detected at the Glenhurst Meadows April 20.

A CLIFF SWALLOW was observed at the Rt. 202 Bridge by Boonton Reservoir April 20 and a RED-NECKED GREBE at Swartswood Lake April 20. Two COMMON RAVENS were tallied in Blairstown April 19.

Individual RED-NECKED GREBES were noted at Amico Island Park in Riverside April 18 and at Amasa Landing Road in Bass River SF April 19, while a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER was present at Glassboro WMA April 23 along East Stanger Road.

Returning birds this week include: GREEN HERON, BROAD-WINGED HAWK, COMMON TERN, CHIMNEY SWIFT, RUBY-THROATED HUMMINGBIRD, GREAT-CRESTED FLYCATCHER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, MARSH WREN, WOOD THRUSH, OVENBIRD, WORM-EATING WARBLER, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, SCARLET TANAGER and INDIGO BUNTING.

The Voice of New Jersey Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds please email sightings AT njaudubon.org. Please submit reports of Review List Species (photos, field sketches, and/or written documentation) to the NJ Bird Records Committee at report AT njbrc.net or 13 Strawberry Lane, Cape May NJ 00824. This is Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

ANNOUNCEMENTS:

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The NJ Young Birders Club?s next scheduled field trip is to Sandy Hook Saturday March 29. The trip is free for young birders and parent/guardian, but pre-registration is required. For more info see http://njyoungbirders.weekly.com

Visit the New Jersey Audubon eBird portal for feature articles, announcements, and to submit your bird sightings: http://ebird.org/content/nj

 
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