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
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
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