This is Pete Bacinski with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 25, 2013 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, BLUE-WINGED TEAL, LESSER SCAUP, RUFFED GROUSE, AMERICAN BITTERN, LITTLE BLUE HERON, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, VIRGINIA RAIL, WHIMBREL, WILSON'S PHALAROPE, BLACK-HEADED GULL, CASPIAN TERN, WHIP-POOR-WILL, RED-HEADED WOODPECKER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, COMMON RAVEN, CLIFF SWALLOW, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, VESPER SPARROW, GRASSHOPPER SPARROW, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PINE SISKIN, WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS and seasonal and local reports of interest.
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Two first-cycle BLACK-HEADED GULLS continue this week at the Morgan Mudflats (South Amboy) as of April 21. More information about birding this site can be found on the NJ Audubon eBird Portal:
Single WILSON'S PHALAROPES were discovered at the Wallkill River NWR along the Liberty Loop trial April 18 and at Negri-Nepote in Somerset April 20.
The Forsythe NWR Barnegat Impoundments in Barnegat Township hosted a EURASIAN WIGEON April 19-20.
Birds at Forsythe (Brigantine) NWR April 20 included: four BLUE-WINGED TEAL, 20 LESSER SCAUP, 40+ WHIMBREL, a flock of 5,000+ DUNLIN moving north, 150 GREATER YELLOWLEGS, one LESSER YELLOWLEGS, one SHORT-BILLED DOWITCHER, two CASPIAN TERNS, a WHITE-EYED VIREO and two COMMON YELLOWTHROATS. Over 60 species were tallied there for the day.
A YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON rookery with 65+ birds was observed on 9th Street South on Brigantine Island this week. A WHIP-POOR-WILL appeared in Whiting April 17.
Allaire State Park hosted a PROTHONOTARY WARBLER April 25.
Two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS and six YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKERS were observed at Garret Mountain Reservation in Woodland Park April 17. A small flock of RUSTY BLACKBIRDS was also present at Troy Meadow along Troy Meadows Road, Parsippany.
An AMERICAN BITTERN visited the Princeton Institute Woods April 17 and a LITTLE BLUE HERON was a surprise at Negri-Nepote April 21 and 25 along with a GRASSHOPPER SPARROW and two VESPER SPARROWS April 25. A RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was discovered April 19 near the pump house at the Princeton Institute Woods and is best approached from the Canal Trail.
An ORCHARD ORIOLE arrived at the Griggstown Grassland Preserve April 19.
An elusive RUFFED GROUSE was present near the monument at High Point SP April 22 and a lone PINE SISKIN was present in a yard in Lafayette April 22. Two BONAPARTE'S GULLS were noted over Budd Lake April 18.
A SOLITARY SANDPIPER and a CLIFF SWALLOW were present at the Poxono Boat ramp along Old Mine Road April 25. Another SOLITARY SANDPIPER was tallied at the NJ Meadowlands DeKorte Environment Center, Lyndhurst April 20.
Two COMMON RAVENS were seen flying over the Ramapo River in Oakland April 24 and 4 CLIFF SWALLOW were observed flying near the Lake Tappan Bridge in Old Tappan April 22.
The flock of up to 20 WHITE-WINGED CROSSBILLS at the Dominican Nuns monastery at 543 Springfield Avenue, Summit, was last reported April 19. The good Sister Mary Teresa says, the grounds are off limits, but there are areas on the periphery from where the birds can be observed if present. Please respect this request.
Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville was home to 3 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and a WINTER WREN April 22. A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard calling and an AMERICAN BITTERN was observed at the Great Swamp NWR April 18.
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