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Compilers: Pete Bacinski and Scott Barnes, Sandy Hook Bird Observatory
This is Scott Barnes with the Voice of New Jersey Audubon for Thursday April 7, 2011 with reports of KING EIDER, RED-NECKED GREBE, PARASITIC JAEGER, LAWRENCE'S WARBLER, GAMBEL'S WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW, seasonal and local reports of interest, and announcements.
Sandy Hook reports this week included a good push of migrants Apr 24, with 500+ BLUE-GRAY GNATCATCHERS, 400 YELLOW-RUMPED WARBLERS, 40 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS, YELLOW-THROATED VIREO, a SUMMER TANAGER and a GAMBEL'S WHITE-CROWNED SPARROW at the scout camp. A second-year male KING EIDER and 4 RED-NECKED GREBES were detected in Sandy Hook Bay off Guardian Park Apr 25. Two GLAUCOUS GULLS have been seen repeatedly around the false hook this week and a LESSER BLACK-BACKED GULL was there Apr 27. Two CHUCK-WILLS-WIDOWS and 2 WHIP-POOR-WILLS were heard pre-dawn along Raccoon Alley Apr 26 and a YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was singing along Randolph Rd the same day. A CATTLE EGRET was at north beach Apr 27 along with an AMERICAN BITTERN at the salt pond. A free, detailed birding map of Sandy Hook is available at SHBO; check the sightings log there for daily reports.
Garret Mountain reports Apr 25 included 12 BLUE-HEADED VIREOS and 14 species of warbler. A GOLDEN-WINGED WARBLER was found along Wilson Ave Apr 24.
Allendale Celery Farm sightings this week were of AMERICAN BITTERN, NASHVILLE WARBLER, BLACKBURNIAN WARBLER, and 60 RUSTY BLACKBIRDS.
Two LONG-TAILED DUCKS, 4 HORNED GREBES, 4 WHITE-WINGED SCOTERS, and CLIFF SWALLOW were noted on the Port Morris section of Lake Musconetcong Apr 23.
At Great Swamp NWR 2 PROTHONOTARY WARBLERS were noted along the Passiac River Apr 28. Two AMERICAN BITTERNS were noted there Apr 26. Nearby Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary in Bernardsville hosted NASHVILLE WARBLER, PRAIRIE WARBLER, 2 LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSHES, and 4 PURPLE FINCHES Apr 24.
The LAWRENCE'S WARBLER has returned for a fifth year at the Elizabeth Kay Environmental Center in Chester Apr 27. Also there were LOUISIANA WATERTHRUSH and HOODED WARBLER.
A GRASSHOPPER SPARROW was noted at Donaldson Park in Highland Park Apr 27.
VIRGINIA RAIL, SORA, and AMERICAN BITTERN were all seen from the observation tower at Rogers Refuge in Princeton Apr 25.
A YELLOW-THROATED WARBLER was singing at Allaire State Park Apr 23.
An ICELAND GULL was noted at Manasquan Inlet Apr 23.
A PARASITIC JAEGER was discovered in Barnegat Inlet Apr 23.
Brigantine NWR sightings this week included YELLOW-CROWNED NIGHT-HERON, 50 WHIMBRELS, and PECTORAL SANDPIPER Apr 22-23.
PROTHONOTARY WARBLER and HOODED WARBLER were both reported back on territory at Hawkin Rd in Burlington County Apr 23.
A CLIFF SWALLOW was noted at Pedricktown Apr 23.
An overnight pelagic from Cape May is scheduled for May 19-20, in search of shearwaters, storm-petrels, jaegers, skuas, and phalaropes. For more information or to register contact http://www.birdcapemay.org/spring.shtml
The Sandy Hook Migration Watch is underway; visitors are always welcome--come see what's flying by! For directions and further information see http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionSHBO/SandyHookMigrationWatchSiteGuide.aspx
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