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Voice of New Jersey Audubon - 4/28/2005
This is Pete Bacinski for the Voice of the NJ Audubon Society for Thursday, April 28, 2005 with reports of EURASIAN WIGEON, HARLEQUIN DUCK, RED-NECKED GREBE, AMERICAN BITTERN, YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE, VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, UPLAND SANDPIPER, RUFF, CASPIAN TERN, COMMON RAVEN, ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER, CERULEAN WARBLER, PROTHONOTARY WARBLER, SUMMER TANAGER, BLUE GROSBEAK, RUSTY BLACKBIRD, PURPLE FINCH, PINE SISKIN and seasonal and local reports of interest.

PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS have been the talk of the Jersey birding community this week with single birds observed at the Allendale Celery Farm April 22 to 26, the Saddle River Road Bike Path in Fairlawn April 25, Allaire State Park, April 24 and two at Glassboro Woods April 26. Allaire State Park has also been home to a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER behind the picnic tables near the main parking lot, while an AMERICAN BITTERN and two RUSTY BLACKBIRDS were tallied at the Allendale Celery Farm April 23.

An AMERICAN SWALLOW-TAILED KITE visited Cape May Point April 25 and did the unheard of, hung around for another day in the Beanery area. A RUFF was present at Raccoon Creek in the Pedricktown area (DeLorme P.53, J-K, 20-21) April 23.

A SUMMER TANAGER has been present at Sandy Hook near the migration watch observation deck at the north end from April 25 to 28, while another stopped briefly in Cedar Run April 26. Other Sandy Hook sightings include a BLUE GROSBEAK April 26-27 near Guardian Park and an ORANGE-CROWNED WARBLER and PURPLE FINCH April 26 near the Locust grove.

A dozen or more HARLEQUIN DUCKS continue at Barnegat Light State Park April 24, while two YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT HERONS were discovered in Monmouth Beach April 23 at Patton Woods. A VIRGINIA RAIL was heard calling at Palmyra April 23.

An excellent find was an UPLAND SANDPIPER discovered at Big Brook Park in Marlboro April 25. Two PINE SISKINS visited a feeder in Farmingdale April 24, while a CASPIAN TERN was observed at Wreck Pond April 26

Pleasant Plains Road in the Great Swamp has been home to as many as five calling and displaying AMERICAN BITTERNS. The birds are usually seen from the gazebo lot looking toward the heronry. A SORA was also present there April 23, while a RED-HEADED WOODPECKER was observed building a nest nearby April 24.

Four RED-NECKED GREBES were present on Big Swartswood Lake April 24-25 (DeLorme P. 23, C-24, 25) and one on Little Swartswood April 24. Two others were recorded at Hyper Humus in Lafayette April 24 along with an EURASIAN WIGEON, VIRGINIA RAIL, COMMON MOORHEN, and SOLITARY SANDPIPER. Permission must be obtained to enter Hyper Humus.

CERULEAN WARBLERS were noted April 22 at Allamuchy Mountain State Park and along the Old Mine Road April 27 where a COMMON RAVEN was also observed the same day.

A "wreck" or fallout of COMMON LOONS due to a storm was observed April 23 at Round Valley and Spruce Run Reservoirs with over 400 loons present. The following day 160 more were noted at Big Swartswood Lake including a tight raft of 97.

Species on the move this week include SPOTTED SANDPIPER, CHIMNEY SWIFT, WHIP-POOR-WILL, YELLOW-BELLIED SAPSUCKER, EASTERN KINGBIRD, BLUE-HEADED VIREO, WARBLING VIREO, WINTER WREN, GRAY CATBIRD, WOOD THRUSH, BLUE-WINGED WARBLER, NASHVILLE WARBLERS, NORTHERN PARULA, YELLOW WARBLER, BLACK-THROATED GREEN WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, BLACK-AND-WHITE WARBLER, AMERICAN REDSTART, NORTHERN WATERTHRUSH, WORM-EATING WARBLER, OVENBIRD, COMMON YELLOWTHROAT, HOODED WARBLER, INDIGO BUNTING and BALTIMORE ORIOLE.

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 Pete Bacinski wishing you the best birding and thanks for calling, surfing, and reporting.

 
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