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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/25/2002
This is the Voice of New Jersey Audubon Society for Thursday April 25, 2002 with reports of AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, GOLDEN EAGLE, LITTLE GULL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, SEDGE WREN, RED CROSSBILL, seasonal and local reports of interest.

An AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE passed over the Sandy Hook Migration Watch April 20no reports since. Also at Sandy Hook that day was a GOLDEN EAGLE over the visitors center and Gunnison lot, and a HENSLOWS SPARROW on Plum Island. An UPLAND SANDPIPER was a flyover at North Pond April 21 and a first-year LITTLE GULL was off North Beach April 18. The COMMON RAVEN continued through April 24; usually perching in a large tree just north of the lighthouse. AMERICAN BITTERNS are still daily at North Pond.

Two SEDGE WRENS were seen again at Brigantine NWR along the Leeds Eco-Trail April 20-21. Look for the birds near the second footbridge. Birds seen there April 22 included a first-year LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL along the north dike, 10 WHIMBREL, A CASPIAN TERN, five WHIP-POOR-WILLS and one CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOW along the upland portion of the wildlife drive.

An alternate adult LITTLE GULL was found among Bonapartes Gulls at Spruce Run Reservoir April 18.

A pair of RED CROSSBILLS is being seen along Carranza Road in Wharton State Forest. Listen for the trilling song of the male (DeLorme P. 56, K-8). Nearby Hawkin Road had PROTHONOTARY and HOODED WARBLERS (DeLorme P. 56, E-1).

Two RED-HEADED WOODPECKERS were seen in Troy Meadows near the old Trap/skeet range April 21. Other Red-headed Woodpecker reports were of two in Lenape Park in Cranford and a single along the Saddle River April 20.

An UPLAND SANDPIPER was seen in the fields along the north side of Featherbed Lane in Sharptown, Salem County April 20.

Manahawkin WMA hosted YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, and Orchard Oriole April 21.

Garret Mountain reports April 19-21 included BLACK-THROATED BLUE, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, and BLACKBURNIAN WARBLERS, 70 RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 50 HERMIT THRUSH and 12 BROAD-WINGED HAWKS.

A NASHVILLE WARBLER was seen at Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary April 20 along with LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH, PALM WARBLERS and BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLERS. Also of note there was a Woodcuck seen killing and eating a BROWN-HEADED COWBIRD at the feeders!

The Voice of NJ Audubon is a weekly report on birding in NJ. To report birds, please call 732-872-2500. Documentation of review list species goes to the NJ Bird Records Committee at 91 Sycamore Lane, Skillman NJ 08558. This is Scott Barnes wishing you good birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

Compiler: Scott Barnes

 
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