Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/25/2000
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Tuesday, April 25 with reports of SANDHILL CRANE, RED CROSSBILL, RED-NECKED GREBE, CASPIAN TERN, LITTLE GULL, MARBLED GODWIT, SHORT-EARED OWL, seasonal migrants, lingering waterbirds and local reports of interest.

Three SANDHILL CRANES were heard bugling and seen overhead on Apr 23 at Bostwick Lake, a recreation site near the Salem-Cumberland border north of Seely, reachable via Rte 640 (Friesburg-Deerfield Road). Any observation/listening should be confined to the Bostwick Lake site (the lake is currently drained); do not trespass on neighboring private properties.

RED CROSSBILLS were reported in Hammonton, Atlantic County Apr 24.

The heavy rains of Apr 21 dumped some waterbirds on North Jersey lakes. Six RED-NECKED GREBES were on Culvers Lake Apr 22. Some 49 COMMON LOONS and a HORNED GREBE were on Merrill Creek Reservoir Apr 22; others were on Spruce Run Reservoir and Round Valley Reservoir the same day. BONAPARTE'S GULLS were on both Spruce Run and Round Valley and a pair of WHITE-WINGED SCOTER was on Spruce Run Apr 23. COOTS are lingering in the boat launch coves of both Round Valley and Merrill Creek reservoirs. BUFFLEHEAD linger in the bathing beach area at Round Valley. Columbia Lake (Delaware Lake) on 605 off 46 near the Delaware Water Gap in Warren County had BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GREATER SCAUP, 4 RING-NECKED DUCKS and two BUFFLEHEAD Apr 22-24. A TUNDRA SWAN was on a pond off Harmony Station Road Apr 23; also on that road: COOPER'S HAWK and N. HARRIER.

A RED-NECKED GREBE was at South Amboy Apr 22-23 and CASPIAN TERNS were at Conaskonk Point (Keyport) and South Amboy Apr 22 and 20. Two LITTLE GULLS were among several hundred BONAPARTE'S GULLS at Sandy Hook Apr 24; also at the Hook, a big hawk flight (866 birds) with lots of ACCIPITERS; 5 PIPING PLOVER at the tip and WILLETS and GREATER SCAUP at Spermaceti Cove; YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON at North Pond Apr 21; PINE SISKIN Apr 24.

WHIMBREL, E. KINGBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, N. SHOVELER, GADWALL, INDIGO BUNTING and AM. BITTERN were among the birds reported at Brigantine (Forsythe) National Wildlife Refuge this week (the AM. BITTERN near the Gull Pond Tower). Brig also had 2 SHORT-EARS hunting at mid-day Apr 22. A MARBLED GODWIT was at the end of Great Bay Blvd., Tuckerton, Apr 22 with OYSTERCATCHERS.

Hawkin Road west of Rte. 206 in Burlington County, Apr 22, had PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and RED-BREASTED NUTHATCH.

Bull's Island, Hunterdon Co., had YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER Apr 20; Oberle Road, Alpha had a HARRIER Apr 20. CLIFF SWALLOW and AM. WIGEON were among the birds at Harmony Pond off Rte. 519 Apr 20. BROADWINGS were moving up the Delaware River in Warren County right behind the rain Apr 22-23. Old Mine Road (Worthington State Forest) Apr 24 had eight warblers, including YELLOW WARBLERS, several PARULAS, YELLOWTHROAT and WORM-EATING; COMMON MERGANSER and SPOTTED SANDPIPER were at Poxono-Coppermine area in Worthington SF; GREEN HERON was at Watergate picnic area.

OVENBIRD was at Princeton Institute Woods Apr 25; SORA was there Apr 23. BLACK AND WHITE WARBLER was at Scherman Hoffman Apr 25; WILD TURKEYS are regular there along Hardscrabble Road near the Hoffman driveway 6-7 a.m.

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in New Jersey. To report, please call 908-766-5787 or fax 908-766-7775. Good birding, and thanks for calling, surfing and reporting.

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