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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/28/1999
This is the Voice of NJ Audubon for Apr 28 with reports of WESTERN TANAGER (Review List), and GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE, LITTLE GULL, REEVE, and seasonal and local reports of interest.

A male WESTERN TANAGER was reported at the feeder at Merrill Creek Reservoir Nature Center Apr 23, one day only.

GREATER WHITE-FRONTED GEESE were reported this week at Lake Carnegie, Princeton (Apr 26), and Apr 20-25 at Verona Park in Verona, Essex County, off Bloomfield Av., where there was also a SHOVELER.

LITTLE GULLS were reported Apr 26 at South Amboy and also at the HMEC in Lyndhurst during the week. South Amboy also had 20 GREATER SCAUP and 2 COMMON LOONS Apr 26.

A REEVE was at Wreck Pond in Sea Girt Apr 26-27 at the SE corner (best view from the gravel road called The Terrace).

Sandy Hook had a good flight Apr 22 with 100+ RUBY-CROWNED KINGLETS, 3 AMERICAN BITTERN, 2 MOORHEN, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, BALD EAGLE and SEASIDE SPARROW.

Garret Mt. had CERULEAN WARBLER Apr 24 and 14 warblers Apr 26, including NASHVILLE, REDSTART, BLACK-THROATED GREEN, BLACK-THROATED BLUE, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WORM-EATING WARBLER, ROSE-BREASTED GROSBEAK, BALTIMORE ORIOLES, ORCHARD ORIOLES, VIRGINIA RAIL, SPOTTED SANDPIPERS and SOLITARY SANDPIPERS.

Princeton Institute Woods had a good (12) warbler flight Apr 27, with BLACK-THROATED GREEN, NORTHERN PARULA, CHESTNUT-SIDED, BLUE-WINGED WARBLERS, BLACKBURNIAN, OVENBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, VEERY and BLUE-HEADED VIREO; water level at Rogers Refuge is low, with up to ten SOLITARY SANDPIPERS, SNIPE and GREATER YELLOWLEGS.

UPLAND SANDPIPER is at Linvale. CLIFF SWALLOWS are in at Bull's Island. At Island Beach Apr 26, BARN OWL and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW were present. Allaire State Park had 3 VIREOS. At the Sparta Mt Preserve off Edison Rd in Sparta, RING-NECKED DUCK and BUFFLEHEAD were on Ryker Lake Apr 24. At Ocean County Park Apr 25, two YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS were at the main entrance.

In Cumberland County Apr 25, SUMMER TANAGER was at Bear Swamp, rte. 555 & the tracks (walk west); PROTHONOTARY is at the white bridge on 555 and another a half mile north on 555; YELLOW-THROATED WARBLERS are nest building between Mile markers 1 and 2, also on 555. The bend on Turkey Point Road has lots of WOODCOCK, calling WHIPPOORWILL and CHUCK-WILL'S-WIDOW, and GREAT HORNED OWL; VIRGINIA RAILS are a little further along in the small freshwater marsh on the right. The PSE&G boardwalks off 553 (Strawberry lane is best view) have numbers of BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL, GADWALL, SHOVELER and a few WIGEON and RED-BREASTED MERGANSER; ALSO 150 SKIMMER, hundreds of FORSTER'S TERNS, BOTH YELLOWLEGS, DOWITCHERS, DUNLIN, LEAST SANDPIPERS, SEMIPALMATED SANDPIPERS and KILLDEER; shorebird conditions are good. Thompson's Beach has OYSTERCATCHER, BLACK-BELLIED PLOVER, BOTH YELLOWLEGS and DUNLIN.

Great Swamp this week had AMERICAN BITTERN in the pool at the bend in Pleasant Plains Road Apr 24; also on Pleasant Plains Road, GLOSSY IBIS, BLUE-WINGED TEAL and GREEN-WINGED TEAL and SNIPE; BARRED OWL is at the adjacent Somerset County Environmental Center. SOLITARY SANDPIPER is at the Fisherman's Access near Whitebridge Road.

Birds in the Newark Museum Garden in April include SAPSUCKER, PHOEBE, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, HERMIT THRUSH, JUNCO and WHITETHROATS. The graden is open 12-5 Wed. thru Sun. beginning May 5.

Both Sandy Hook and Wildcat Ridge hawk watches as of Apr 25 have over 3,000 birds for the season.

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. For rarities, call the box at 908-647-2357 and also for updates. Documentation of Review List rarities goes to NJBRC at 69 Alexander, Princeton NJ 08540. Good birding and thanks for calling, reporting and surfing.

 
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